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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Barrow teen handed himself in to police after burglary

A GUILTY teenage thief handed himself into police with his haul after carrying out a burglary as a pensioner slept upstairs.

Preston Crown Court heard Jordan Carter was homeless at the time after he had been kicked out by his mum for stealing.

The judge, Recorder Guy Mathieson, ordered the 18-year-old to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in the community telling him: “You know how low you sunk. I can see it written all over you.”

The hearing heard how Carter had pleaded guilty to burglary after he went into a 65-year-old’s home in Cheltenham Street, Barrow, while the occupant slept on May 28.

Miss Natalia Cornwall, prosecuting, said when he woke the following morning, the man realised two ornamental swords were missing from the living room, along with a tablet, some money, a gold watch and two rings, as well as DVDs.

She said the jewellery had a particular sentimental value as it had belonged to his father.

On June 2 Carter, of Adelaide Street, Barrow, went voluntarily with his mother to Barrow Police Station and admitted the crime.

He said he had been homeless for about five days, after his mother kicked him out for stealing something of hers and selling it in a shop.

He spoke of having seen a door open at the house and going in to steal things.

The teenager admitted putting the watch in a bin outside the police station and the two rings down a drain on Walney. The drains went on to be dredged and the two rings were recovered. Everything was recovered, apart from the watch and some cash.

Mr Duncan Nightingale, defending, asked the judge to follow the recommendation of a pre-sentence report.

Judge Mathieson told Carter that after acting in an appalling fashion by burgling the home, he had acted as decently as possible to address what he had done.

He gave credit to the householder who had stated, after hearing what Carter had done, that he was a “young male who made the wrong choice”.

He added that there seemed to be a background to the offence of using cannabis.

Judge Mathieson said: “Your feelings of guilt and your actions speak very loudly.

“This is quite a lenient sentence given what you have done. I am trusting the unpaid work will do you the world of good.”

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