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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Barrow mum’s shock after teenage son burgled her home

A BARROW teenager who burgled his mum’s house was hungry and strapped for cash, a court heard.

Nathaniel Davies, 19, of Schooner Street, Barrow was ordered to perform 120 hours of unpaid work when he appeared for sentencing at Preston Crown Court on Friday.

Davies had previously pleaded guilty to entering his mum’s house in Devon Street on July 14 and taking cash, cigarettes and an electric guitar.

The court heard that Michelle Davies had found it hard to believe her son could do such a thing, as he knew how upset she had been by a burglary last year.

Mr Joe Allman, prosecuting, said Davies had visited his mum’s home just two days earlier and was given three large bags of food.

After the burglary, she arrived home to find wet footprints in the hall. A £20 note had been taken, as well as the cigarettes and the guitar, which the defendant sold for £15.

Describing the impact of the offence on the mother, Mr Allman said “She was deeply affected by a burglary the previous year, which had nothing to do with the defendant. She found it hard to believe, knowing that, that he would do this to her.”

Davies, who had no previous convictions, told police he had smoked the cigarettes and “wasted” the money on various things.

Ms Lucy Wright, defending, said he had come to court realising the magnitude of what he had done. She said: “This was not a pre-planned burglary, designed to target his mother. It occurred on an impulse which he now deeply regrets.”

“He had found himself hungry, without money and saw what he thought was an easy opportunity to get a bit of cash from his mother.

“He accepts his actions are a significant breach of trust.”

The judge, Recorder Christopher Melton QC, told Davies: “I can understand if she had previously been burgled, the last thing she would expect you to do would be to put her under further emotional stress and turmoil by taking stuff from the house.”

In addition to unpaid work, Davies was given a 12-month community order which will involve the Cumbrian Drug Awareness Intervention.

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