Crime spree teenager avoids jail
A SUFFOLK teenager who went on a crime spree which involved him attacking a boy three years his junior has escaped a prison term.Jay Munday, 18, committed five burglaries, a theft, a common assault, three counts of criminal damage, one of obstructing or resisting police officer and one of breeching a conditional discharge, since March 28 this year.
A SUFFOLK teenager who went on a crime spree which involved him attacking a boy three years his junior has escaped a prison term.
Jay Munday, 18, committed five burglaries, a theft, a common assault, three counts of criminal damage, one of obstructing or resisting police officer and one of breeching a conditional discharge, since March 28 this year.
Yesterday Ipswich Crown Court heard how Munday and a friend punched a 15-year-old boy in the head and then kicked him as he lay on the ground because Munday thought the boy had been spreading rumours about him.
It also heard how he was involved in causing around £10,000 of damage to a caravan park just outside Stowmarket.
Fingerprints linked him to the crime scene where windows had been smashed and furniture ripped out of caravans and a knife had been used on the caravans to lift the latches.
Joanne Eley, prosecuting, told the court how Munday, who pleaded guilty to all the offences, was also involved in a number of burglaries of homes.
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She said that Munday, of Castle Hill, Eye, broke into a home on Fairfield Hill, Stowmarket, through a bay window and stole a number of power tools on April 2.
Then between April 3 and 4 he took tools from the garden shed of a home on Violet Hill Road in Stowmarket, as well as taking some trainers from the utility room.
On another occasion on March 28 Munday tried to sell a stereo to someone who lived just doors from the person he had stolen the electrical equipment from, and on the same day when he was arrested he was found with a stolen bike.
Neil Macaulay, defending, admitted Munday had been on a serious crime spree but said he had been heavily influenced by peer pressure.
He said: “There was a suggestion by other people to burgle the property and he went along with that suggestion. He is very impressionable.
“He was homeless at the time and not on benefits providing him with an incentive to commit crime to get money.”
Judge David Goodin sentenced Munday to an 18 month community order including 150 hours of unpaid work and a 12 week curfew between 10pm and 6am.
But he warned Munday if he broke the conditions he could be sent to jail for 18 months.