Man stole from elderly friend

A VULNERABLE elderly man was deceived by a friend who took food out of his freezer.

A VULNERABLE elderly man was deceived by a friend who took food out of his freezer.

Andrew Brooks attempted to steal �15 worth of food from 78-year-old Gerald Bramble who was left partially sighted and deaf in one ear following a stroke.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard that Brooks, 37, of Newnham Court, Ipswich had gone to Mr Bramble's Wickham Market home on January 19 with a friend and had taken the food out of the freezer and put it in a bag.

Lesla Small, prosecuting, said Mr Bramble had been a friend of Brooks' father and Brooks had known him for many years and had even been trusted with a spare key.


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Lesla Small said to Magistrates': “You have heard the victim's age and disabilities which makes him quite vulnerable.”

Magistrates' heard that Brooks, who had previous convictions, was “genuinely sorry” for what he had done.

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He pleaded guilty to attempted theft and was released from court until March 2 where he was due to be sentenced.

A pre-sentence report was ordered to assess Brooks' suitability to do about 60 hours unpaid work for the community.

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