Woman stole vital laptop in burglary
Stolen computer with four years of graduate’s research still missing
AWOMAN burglar, who stole a graduate’s laptop with four years of research on it, was begged in court to reveal where the computer is now.
As Amy Newall was led to the cells at Liverpool Crown Court to start a two-year jail term two women shouted out to her, “Where’s the laptop Amy?” but got no response.
They left the public gallery after exchanging angry words with three women there to support Newall.
The judge heard that the victim, Kate White, had hoped to use the material she had amassed on her AppleMac to start her own business but the theft has jeopardised it and she has also had to move home as she no longer felt safe there.
Newall, 26, who wept in the dock, had pleaded guilty to breaking into the victim’s home in Bedford Road, Bootle and attempting to break into another home in Balliol Road, also in Bootle, and stealing two mobile phones.
Kate Gaskell, prosecuting, told the court that Newall and an unknown man broke into Ms White’s home while she was out taking her dog to the vets on September 14 this year.
When she returned later that afternoon she found a rear window had been smashed and the laptop taken.
A neighbour’s CCTV footage showed Newall and a man at the rear of the property and when this was circulated on Facebook a name was given and police identified her from the footage.
The same day the duo had tried to break into a house in Balliol Road while the occupier was out. “They repeatedly used a brick to smash the patio door but something spooked them and they made off.
“They caused £250 worth of damage,” said Miss Gaskell.
She told the court that minutes after the first burglary Newall went to a phone shop to try to sell the AppleMac, which cost £2,500 when new, but as she did not have the pin number the shop keeper refused to buy it.
After she had left he realised she had stolen two mobile phones worth £200.
Newall, of Westminster Road, Kirkdale, has previous convictions including burglary, theft and handling.
Charles Lander, defending, said that Newall has schizophrenia and a depressive illness and had been sectioned.
She had attended the police station on request and was kept in custody, which has been her first experience of such confinement.
She had not been taking her medication at the time of the offences and has no recollection of them.
“She is willing to engage with the mental health team,” he added.
Judge Robert Trevor-Jones said, “Burglaries of other people’s homes is a very serious offence.
“It is an invasion of their property.”
He pointed out that the theft of the laptop meant the loss of four years data which had involved time and effort for the owner and she can no longer bear to live at her home.
The attempted burglary had been at a family home and it had traumatised the children of the householder.
The judge said he took into account her mental health issues. “You clearly have a problem.”
Amy Newall: stole woman’s laptop