Teenager locked up for burgling 81-year-old's home
PUBLISHED: 05:30 02 May 2019
An Ipswich teenager who was part of a gang of men who entered the home of an 81-year-old man at night and stole from him has been locked up for 11 months.
The victim was watching television at his Handford Road home in his dressing gown at about 11pm in August last year when he heard a knock at the door, Ipswich Crown Court heard.
When he opened it he saw three men who claimed to be gas workers and asked if they could have some water.
The man was suspicious and tried to shut the door but the men forced their way in and shoved him into his lounge.
They then switched off the lights and shone a torch in his eyes as if they were going to interrogate him before two of them took him to withdraw £100 from a cashpoint which they took off him.
When the victim and the two men returned to his home there were another five men in the property, including 19-year-old Moise Sandu, said Juliet Donovan, prosecuting.
Sandu, of Game Road, Oldham, denied robbing the man but admitted burglary and was sentenced to 11 months detention in a young offenders' institution.
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The court heard that he admitted burglary on the basis he had entered the house and smoked some of the man's tobacco but hadn't been involved in the earlier part of the incident when he was robbed.
Last year 18-year-old Ticu Bahical, of Reavell Place, Ipswich, was sentenced to five years detention in a young offenders' institution after he admitted robbery.
During his sentencing hearing the court heard that during the victim's 90-minute ordeal he had a knife held to his throat in addition to having a torch shone in his eyes.
Simon Gladwell, for Sandu, said his client had come to Ipswich from Oldham to visit relatives.
On the night of the burglary he had been drinking in Ipswich and had gone to the house in Handford Road with some friends.
The front door had been open and the victim had come had come back from the cashpoint while he was at the house.
Mr Gladwell said his client was “really sorry” for what he'd done and hadn't realised the victim was 81.
Mr Gladwell said Sandu had been in custody since December.