March 12 2014 Latest news:
by Jane Hunt
Friday, December 7, 2012
A TEENAGER who burgled his neighbour’s house twice in a matter of weeks has walked free from court after a judge decided not to send him straight to prison.
Joshua Thompson, 18, of Hadleigh Road, smashed the bottom panel in a UPVC door at his neighbour’s house on July 3, causing £500 worth of damage and stole cash and a bottle of whisky, Ipswich Crown Court heard.
Ten weeks later on September 14 Thompson broke into the house in the same way again, but on this occasion didn’t steal anything.
Thompson admitted burglary and burglary with intent to steal and was given 12 months detention in a young offenders’ institution suspended for two years and ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work in the community.
He was also ordered to attend a Thinking Skills programme and to pay £500 compensation to the victim of the burglary.
He was also made the subject of a 16-week curfew between the hours of 9pm and 6am.
Sentencing him, Judge David Goodin said he had “only just” been persuaded by Thompson’s lawyer not to send him straight into custody yesterday.
He said that in a victim impact statement Thompson’s neighbour said he had never done Thompson any harm and had even given him a job reference.
Robert Sadd,prosecuting, said Thompson was arrested after his fingerprints and DNA were found at the scene of the burglary.
Craig Marchant, for Thompson, said his client had only been 17 at the time of the first burglary.
He said Thompson had been out of work after dropping out of a course at Otley College, but was motivated to find a job.