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Wild child who missed his chance

PUBLISHED: 18:26 23 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:14 03 March 2010

A 15-year-old Ipswich schoolboy branded a "wild child" by a judge last month was back in court today after throwing away a chance to turn over a new leaf.

A 15-year-old Ipswich schoolboy branded a "wild child" by a judge last month was back in court today after throwing away a chance to turn over a new leaf.

The boy who committed three burglaries – including one at the home of two elderly women – was given a supervision order when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court in December.

At the time Judge Peter Thompson described the boy, who cannot be named because of his age, as a wild child.

However since then the boy had breached the order three times and had made it clear he didn't want to comply with it, Ipswich Crown Court heard today.

Revoking the supervision order Judge John Devaux sentenced the boy to an 18-month detention and training order.

The boy admitted two offences of burglary with intent to steal and one offence of burglary.

Hugh Vass prosecuting said the first burglary took place at the home of two women in their 70s in Coral Drive, Ipswich.

On that occasion one of the women had shouted at the defendant to go away, he ran off without stealing anything.

Mr Vass said that since the burglary in August last year the women felt they had to lock themselves away and would only open their door to visitors they were expecting.

The second burglary two days later happened at a house in Bramford Lane, Ipswich while a woman was asleep on the settee. No property was stolen on that occasion.

During a third burglary at a house in Waterford Road, Ipswich the boy stole a mobile phone.

Saqib Rauf for the boy said his client appreciated he had been lucky to be given an opportunity when he was given a supervision order and knew that he was facing a custodial sentence today.

The burglaries had been committed to get money to settle a drug debt.

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