Ipswich: Disabled man woke to find burglar sitting in his wheelchair

Man woke to find burglar in wheelchair Man woke to find burglar in wheelchair

Jane Hunt jane.hunt@archant.co.uk
Friday, January 24, 2014
12:00 PM

A disabled man woke up in his sheltered housing accommodation to find a burglar sitting in his wheelchair, a court has heard.

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The victim of the burglary, who is in his sixties, had fallen asleep while waiting for his daughter to take him out for lunch and when he woke up he was shocked to see a stranger sitting next to his bed in his wheelchair, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

The man asked the intruder what he was doing in his room, but didn’t get a response, said Michael Crimp, prosecuting. “He described the man as seeming to be ‘out of it’,” said Mr Crimp.

The intruder left after the man threatened to press an emergency button on a pendant round his neck.

Before the court was Mantas Gedminas, 25, of Woodbridge Road, Ipswich who admitted burglary at Hanover Court, Lacey Street, Ipswich, on December 29.

He was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work in the community. He was also ordered to pay £300 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.

When Gedminas was arrested by police he was found to be in possession of a watch he had stolen during the burglary. He told officers he had been drinking and had been looking for somewhere to go to the toilet.

Gavin Burrell for Gedminas described the burglary as “slightly curious” and said his client had issues with alcohol.

7 comments

  • Joe , Its about time they did bring it back , Then perhaps we could restore some law and order back in to this country ,,( An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth )

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    MIGUEL100

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • So he broke in stole a watch and sat in this guys wheelcair. Ok miguel. Go for eye for an eye on it ..... What do we do take his watch off him and let the disabled guy sit in his armchair for twenty minutes......

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    Joe bloggs

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Joe , Its about time they did bring it back , Then perhaps we could restore some law and order back in to this country ,,( An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth )

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    MIGUEL100

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • The benefits of eastern European migration should be welcomed by us all.

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    Steve Blake

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • Yes if he breaches ANY part of the sentence then he will return before the court and this sentence is instigated. What i cant understand is how when the courts sentence someone the public of ipswich have to re try them. REALLY funny that, seeing as you obviously dont have the first idea about legal issues. Maybe the death penalty should be bought back then you would all be happy!!!!!.

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    Joe bloggs

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • There seems to be a lot of suspended sentences being handed out. If he does not do ALL the 200 hrs unpaid work, does not pay ALL the £300 costs and ALL the £100 victim surcharge, will he then serve the 12 months in prison? Can anyone clarify as I sincerely hope that you cannot just pick and chose which bits of your sentence you want to do and forget the rest.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Joe , Its about time they did bring it back , Then perhaps we could restore some law and order back in to this country ,,( An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth )

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    MIGUEL100

    Friday, January 24, 2014

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