Swag bag? More like split bin liner

Bungling bur­glars drop cash haul over floor

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS - by Keith Hunt @KM_news­room khunt@thek­m­group.co.uk

Bur­glars bun­gled a night time raid on a chemist when their swag bag burst spilling money all over the floor, a court heard.

Broth­ers Daniel and Barry Mur­phy fled with just £700 in a red Jaguar S Type car but were caught soon af­ter­wards.

Wear­ing ski masks and gar­den­ing gloves, the pair, from Maid­stone, smashed their way into Boots in Eden­bridge High Street at 12.30am on Jan­uary 24.

Maid­stone Crown Court was told Barry Mur­phy, 46, used a screw­driver to open tills and tipped cash into a bin bag held by his 36-year-old brother.

“The bin liner split, caus­ing some of the money to fall to the floor,” said pros­e­cu­tor Trevor Wright.”They grabbed what they could, stuffed it into the bag and drove away.”

Af­ter a neigh­bour re­ported them po­lice boxed in their car. The store had to close for half a day to clean up and for re­pairs to be car­ried out.

Daniel Mur­phy, whose four bed­room home in Shep­herds Gate Drive, Grove Green, is val­ued at al­most £500,000, had old con­vic­tions for com­mer­cial burglaries.

But he es­caped jail af­ter a judge said prison would have a harm­ful im­pact on his wife and young child.

Barry Mur­phy, of Marion Cres­cent, Maid­stone, failed to at­tend for sen­tence and a war­rant was is­sued for his ar­rest. He is said to be work­ing on an oil rig.

Tom Dunn, for Daniel Mur­phy, said the of­fence hap­pened due to fi­nan­cial un­cer­tainty af­ter be­ing laid off. He had £63,000 debts and couldn’t keep his life­style. Judge Charles Mac­don­ald QC sus­pended six months im­pris­on­ment for a year, or­dered 100 hours un­paid work and £320 costs.

Daniel Mur­phy

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