Felixstowe: Five years behind bars for thief who barged into home

FELIXSTOWE: A 20-year-old man has been locked up for five years after he admitted barging into a Felixstowe home and making off with �1,000 worth of goods.

Henry Latus, of London, admitted aggravated burglary following the incident on November 29 and an offence of handling stolen goods relating to property stolen from a house in Walton. He was sentenced to 60 months detention in a young offenders’ institution.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how a woman was pushed back on to a sofa and had a hand held over her mouth after two men “barged” into her home looking for her partner, a court has heard.

One of the men was armed with a baseball bat and told Caroline Scragg they had come to pick up some games and equipment her partner Paul Westfall had borrowed.

At one stage during the incident at her home in Grange Road, Felixstowe, Ms Scragg tried to leave her lounge but was pushed back on to a sofa.

“One of the men put his hand over her mouth to keep her quiet and she found it hard to breathe,” said Robert Sadd, prosecuting.

Latus and the other man, who wasn’t traced, left the house taking property worth �1,000 including a television, a games console, a mobile phone. They also drove off in the couple’s Vauxhall Vectra which was found in a nearby street.

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Mr Sadd told the court that Mr Westfall had been out when Latus and his accomplice went to his home looking for him.

When Ms Scragg answered the door the men had barged past her and despite Ms Scragg saying she would get the items they wanted they had followed her upstairs to the lounge

Joanne Eley for Latus said her client had not been carrying the baseball bat.

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