‘Sorry, I won’t do it again’ – bur­glar tried to steal TV

Bangor Mail - - NEWS - Lloyd Cooper

A MAN who ad­mit­ted break­ing into a house and try­ing to steal a tele­vi­sion set has been jailed.

Lloyd Cooper, 24, of Up­per Ab­bery Street, Nuneaton, also ad­mit­ted break­ing the win­dow of a car parked in a su­per­mar­ket car park and steal­ing cash when he ap­peared at Caernar­fon Crown Court.

The judge heard he broke into the house in Holy­head dur­ing the early hours of Novem­ber 22.

Will Hingston, prose­cut­ing, said Kelly Flem­ing was asleep when she be­came aware of some­thing wrong.

“She went into the liv­ing room and, although it was in dark­ness, she could make out the fig­ure of a man hold­ing the tele­vi­sion in his hands,” he said.

“She shouted and he dropped it and ran out. He shouted: ‘I’m sorry, I won’t do it again’ as he climbed over a gar­den wall.”

Po­lice of­fi­cers on pa­trol later found sev­eral ve­hi­cles had been dam­aged in the car park at Lidl. One had had a win­dow smashed and £2.50 stolen from the cen­tre con­sole.

Mr Hingston said it cost the owner £90 to re­pair.

Ev­i­dence found at the scene of the two of­fences linked them to Cooper, but he avoided ar­rest un­til last month, when he was jailed by mag­is­trates in War­wick­shire for an at­tempted bur­glary charge.

Mr Hingston sum­marised a Vic­tim Per­sonal State­ment by Ms Flem­ing, who said the in­ci­dent had had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on her.

“She has not slept well since the in­ci­dent and needs to check ev­ery small noise she hears dur­ing the night,” he said.

“She is fright­ened of be­ing in her own home and is grate­ful of the sup­port of­fered by the Vic­tim Sup­port char­ity.” Pauli­nus Barnes, de­fend­ing, said Cooper realised the se­ri­ous­ness of the of­fence and ac­cepted an im­me­di­ate jail set­nece was likely.

“He is sorry for what he has done and re­alises the se­ri­ous im­pact it has had on the house­holder,” he said.

“He is the fa­ther of chil­dren him­self and it is ex­ces­sive drink­ing which has led to these of­fences.”

Jail­ing him for 10 months, Judge Philip Har­ris-Jenk­ins said the bur­glary was a “mean of­fence”.

The judge or­dered Cooper to pay a £140 sur­charge but made no or­der for com­pen­sa­tion.

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