Ipswich: Drug addict locked up for burgling an 85-year-old woman

IPSWICH: A drug addict who broke into the home of an 85-year-old woman just eight days after she had been the victim of another burglary has been locked up for 28 months.

The pensioner, who lives in Benacre Road, Ipswich was asleep in bed at around 3am on February 23 when she was awoken by the sound of wood splintering, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

She got up to investigate and activated an alarm and when police arrived shortly afterwards they found the door between her kitchen and conservatory had been damaged, said David Wilson, prosecuting.

Leon Marshall was arrested nearby and told police he had not stolen anything from the property.

Mr Wilson said that following the burglary on February 23 the pensioner had been left feeling “tearful, anxious and on edge” and her family had spent �1,600 on additional security measures to make her feel safe.

Mr Wilson said the pensioner had been the victim of another burglary on February 15, but there was no suggestion that Marshall had been involved in it.

Mr Wilson told the court that on February 22 Marshall had broken into a house in Spring Road, Ipswich and had stolen a laptop computer which contained photographs of the home owner’s children.

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In addition to her laptop, a vacuum cleaner and jewellery worth more than a �1,000 had been stolen and she had been left to bear the cost of the burglary, as she was not covered by insurance.

Marshall, 30, of Coniston Square West, admitted burglary at the house in Spring Road and burglary with intent to steal at the house in Benacre Road and was jailed for 30 months.

Roger Thomson for Marshall said he had an underlying drug problem and was hoping to sort himself out and stay clean in the future.

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