Teenage burglar sentence appeal fails

A DRUNKEN teenage burglar who woke up on Felixstowe beach with £7,000 of goods he could not remember stealing has today failed to get his sentence cut.

A DRUNKEN teenage burglar who woke up on Felixstowe beach with £7,000 of goods he could not remember stealing has today failed to get his sentence cut.

The 17-year-old youth - who was 15 at the time of the burglary - was told by three Appeal Court judges he got what he deserved.

The teenager was sentenced to two years of detention and training at Ipswich Crown Court in April after admitting one count of burglary.

The victim of the raid, the mother of an acquaintance, had interrupted the teenager as he filled his backpack with her son's belongings after breaking in during the early hours.

In his desperate attempt to escape with £7,000 of the family's belongings, he pushed the woman, causing her to fall and suffer minor injuries, including a fractured index finger.

Hours later, he woke up on the beach after passing out drunk, surrounded by property snatched from the house in Felixstowe.

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He handed himself in to police two days later and around two thirds of the property was recovered.

His barrister, Shauna Gillan told the Court of Appeal that two years was too long for an offender of such a young age at the time of his offence and who had admitted what he did in a guilty plea.

She said the crown court judge had increased the level of the term because of the violence he used in his escape, but that violence had been minor.

However, the panel of three top judges, including the country's most senior judge, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, upheld the length of the term.

Dismissing the appeal, Mr Justice Cranston, who heard the case with Lord Judge and Mrs Justice Swift, said: “Although the sentence was a stern one, it was not manifestly excessive, having regard to the seriousness of the burglary and its effect on the victims.

“The sentencing judge was entitled to regard two years as appropriate, even on a plea.”

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