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Wild child burglar to be tagged

PUBLISHED: 17:05 19 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

A 15-year-old "wild child" responsible for three burglaries in Ipswich has narrowly escaped a custodial sentence.

Making the boy, who cannot be named because of his age, the subject of a supervision order Judge Peter Thompson said that this was his last chance to knuckle down to his schoolwork and stay out of trouble.

A 15-year-old "wild child" responsible for three burglaries in Ipswich has narrowly escaped a custodial sentence.

Making the boy, who cannot be named because of his age, the subject of a supervision order Judge Peter Thompson said that this was his last chance to knuckle down to his schoolwork and stay out of trouble.

The judge described the boy as a "wild child" and said he was lucky he wasn't sending him to a young offender's institution.

Caroline Bryant, prosecuting, said that in August a 72-year-old woman who lived with her elderly sister in Coral Drive was awoken by the sound of rattling at a window.

She could see the outline of the boy at the window and shouted out. He had run away and it was later discovered that he had partially opened a window.

Two days later the boy committed another burglary in Bramford Lane.

A woman had woken during the night and was confronted by the defendant trying to get into her house through a window.

The woman shouted at him and he again ran away leaving his fingerprints and foot impressions at the scene.

In September the boy had broken into a house in Waterford Road and stolen cash and a mobile phone.

The boy, who lives with his parents in the town, was committed to Crown Court yesterday for sentencing for two offences of burglary with intent to steal and one offence of burglary.

Samantha Leigh, for the boy, said he was frightened of going into custody and wanted a last chance to stay out of trouble and get on with his schoolwork.

She said his parents were supportive of him and were keen to help him "get back on track".

Judge Thompson made the boy the subject of a supervision order and ordered him to be electronically tagged and subject to a curfew for part of the order.


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