Jailed for de­struc­tive break-in as se­nior de­tec­tive and his fam­ily slept: P9

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

ABURGLAR broke into a se­nior de­tec­tive’s house while he and his fam­ily slept.

Gethin Wil­liams, 50, got into the home of North Wales Po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent Iestyn Davies and ri­fled through the house, steal­ing around £4,000 worth of be­long­ings.

When the fam­ily were alerted to some­thing go­ing on by the sound of their puppy’s yelps from down­stairs, they found a trail of mess left be­hind by the in­truder.

Food had been eaten from their fridge, and even Mr Davies’ sand­wiches for the next day at work had been taken.

When Wil­liams was ar­rested and in­ter­viewed, he be­came ag­gres­sive and ar­gu­men­ta­tive. He re­ferred to the oc­cu­pants of the house as ‘pigs’ and “made clear his ha­tred and dis­dain of the po­lice and pre­sented as amused at what hap­pened”, pros­e­cu­tor Anna Pope told Caernar­fon crown court.

Among the be­long­ings taken was Mr Davies’ daugh­ter’s lap­top con­tain­ing her univer­sity work.

That, along with most of the other goods in­clud­ing op­tom­e­try equip­ment, cloth­ing, cash, hand­bags and purses and items taken from two cars parked out­side, were re­trieved from a camper van on a new age trav­ellers site where Wil­liams had been stay­ing.

Most of it was found in the fam­ily’s wheel­bar­row, which the thief had taken as well, along with a ‘bur­glar’s kit’ in­clud­ing gloves and tools.

The same night as the bur­glary, Wil­liams stole from un­locked cars on a car­a­van site, mak­ing off with a drone worth £633 that be­longed to a hol­i­day­maker.

In an im­pact state­ment Supt Davies, a po­lice­man for 30 years, said he would not for­get the dis­traught look on the face of his daugh­ter when she re­alised her lap­top had been stolen.

His fam­ily was re­silient but what hap­pened had a pro­found ef­fect on their feel­ings of se­cu­rity.

Pauli­nus Barnes, de­fend­ing, said Wil­liams ac­cepted in­volve­ment but de­nied em­phat­i­cally that the house was tar­geted be­cause it was a po­lice of­fi­cer’s.

Ac­cord­ing to Wil­liams it was op­por­tunis­tic rather than planned and he wished to apol­o­gise to the fam­ily.

“He feels ter­ri­ble about what he’s done,” Mr Barnes said.

Wil­liams pleaded guilty to the bur­glary, to three thefts from cars that night and to two charges of crim­i­nal dam­age, in­clud­ing to a po­lice car.

Judge Rees told Wil­liams he’d caused great dis­tress, par­tic­u­larly to the daugh­ter whose univer­sity progress could have been af­fected by the loss of the lap­top. He added: “In your po­lice i in­ter­view you made un­nec­es­sary and deroga­tory com­ments about Iestyn Davies and the po­lice in gen­eral. “You are 50 with a long list of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for of­fences mainly of dis­hon­esty. “A fam­ily’s home had been ran­sacked and soiled and there had been a sig­nif­i­cant de­gree of plan­ning, and there was ev­i­dence that the bur­glary had been com­mit­ted when he was un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs.”

He gave Wil­liams, formerly of Waun­fawr, a ten-year re­strain­ing or­der not to con­tact the fam­ily and not to be within 400 yards of their home.

The judge said: “You have been for a long time a thor­oughly dis­hon­est man.”

Ear­lier this week a sec­ond man was cleared of in­volve­ment by a jury.

Wil­liams was jailed for three years and ten months.

● Gethin Wyn Wil­liams, above, has been jailed af­ter bur­gling the home of Supt Iestyn Davies, left, while he and his fam­ily slept

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