‘Act of stupidity’ lands Ipswich 21-year-old in court

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A 21-year-old Ipswich man has admitted entering garages with intent to steal in a act of stupidity.

Aaron Wardley, formerly of Rendlesham Court, but now of Woodbridge Road, appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

Wardley pleaded guilty to entering a building as a trespasser, namely a garage in Moat Farm Close, Ipswich, on June 7.

Prosecutor Tamzin Sharp said the offence occurred at around 11.25pm at a row of garages.

A witness heard a noise sounding like a garage door opening and saw two males around the garages trying the handles before entering one of them.

The men went in and looked around before leaving and walking away. They were not carrying anything with them, magistrates were told.

The owner of the garage involved subsequently told police nothing had been taken and no damage had been caused.

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Mrs Sharp said when Wardley was arrested he made full admissions to police.

Among his previous convictions was one for dishonesty in January this year.

John Hughes, representing Wardley, said: “This is an act of stupidity really.”

The court heard Wardley had been released from prison in March and had kept out of trouble until June before going out on a hot night with another male.

Mr Hughes said: “It’s just they went out on a walk and had a look to see if there was anything they could take.”

Magistrates sentenced Wardley to a community order with an 80-hour unpaid work requirement. He was also ordered to pay a £180 criminal courts charge and £60 to the victims’ fund.