Bur­glar gets jail for death of vic­tim, 57

Western Mail - - NEWS - LIZ DAY liz.day@waleson­line.co.uk

The emo­tional words of a heart­bro­ken daugh­ter were read to a judge be­fore he sen­tenced the thief who had killed her fa­ther.

A state­ment from Emily Bub­bins was read to Cardiff Crown Court be­fore se­rial bur­glar Paul Paget was jailed for 15 years and six months for the “act of degra­da­tion and hu­mil­i­a­tion” he in­flicted on her fa­ther An­thony Bub­bins.

She said her world “ef­fec­tively ended” when her mother died two and a half years ago, but she got back in touch with her fa­ther and they were de­vel­op­ing their re­la­tion­ship.

Ms Bub­bins said: “It gave me hope that I was not com­pletely alone.”

She said los­ing her fa­ther in this way was “dev­as­tat­ing” and she re­alised she would have no-one to walk her down the aisle if she mar­ried or any grand­par­ents on her side if she had chil­dren.

Ms Bub­bins said: “I am back to square one with the grief. I am hav­ing to come to terms with los­ing both par­ents be­fore the age of 30.”

She said the world is a “lonely place” as she has no broth­ers or sis­ters and now feels scared to be close to any­one in case any­thing hap­pens to them.

Mr Jus­tice Si­mon Picken praised Mr Bub­bins’ fam­ily for their strength and dig­nity. Sen­tenc­ing Paget, 54, at Cardiff Crown Court, he said: “This was a truly hor­ri­ble way in which to die.”

Paget killed the vul­ner­a­ble 57-yearold coin col­lec­tor then bur­gled his home, sold some of his be­long­ings and fled to Devon.

The court pre­vi­ously heard Mr Bub­bins was found dead at a house in Bryn­der­wen Road in New­port on Mon­day, Jan­uary 15. Pros­e­cu­tors said he was found in the liv­ing room, ly­ing half on and half off a mat­tress, with his hands tied be­hind his back, a sock forced into his mouth and a pil­low over his face. The judge de­scribed the cir­cum­stances as “an act of degra­da­tion and hu­mil­i­a­tion” and said: “A cal­lous lack of re­morse is ev­i­dent.”

Open­ing the case, prose­cu­tor Caro­line Rees QC de­scribed the vic­tim as a “vul­ner­a­ble per­son”.

Paget bur­gled the vic­tim’s home on Christchurch Road with co-de­fen­dant Steven Ap­ple­ton.

Paget, 54, from Bryn­der­wen Road in New­port, was found guilty of man­slaugh­ter and ad­mit­ted bur­glary. He was jailed for 15 years and six months.

Ap­ple­ton, 32, of Seabreeze Drive in New­port, ad­mit­ted bur­glary, pro­duc­ing cannabis and sup­ply­ing cannabis.

The court heard on Jan­uary 4, po­lice dis­cov­ered 10 ma­ture cannabis plants and 32 young plants in a tent at his home. Scott Bowen, for Ap­ple­ton, de­scribed him as a “vul­ner­a­ble adult” and said the pre-sen­tence re­port found he was “sug­gestible”.

Ap­ple­ton was jailed for 20 months.

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