Burglar escapes jail term

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A MAN escaped jail after admitting he burgled the garage at the cottage he was helping his employer to renovate.

Jonathan Williams (25), of The Hollies, Holbeach, stole appliances including a washing machine and tumble dryer from the householder – and building equipment including a cement mixer and whacker plate from his employer.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said the household items and tools were being stored in the garage while work went on at the cottage.

Williams was taken on by the builder on a short-term contract and he broke in through the automatic gates while the householder and his boss were off-site on April 1.

He stole the items and made several return trips to store them at the home of another man in order to sell them.

The court heard Williams later owned up, telling his employer – a Mr Scharff – that he had done a terrible thing and was really sorry.

Miss Ritson asked for £350 compensation to repair damage to the gates.

Magistrates ordered a fast-delivery pre-sentence report before giving Williams a 12-month supervision order with a requirement to do 150 hours unpaid work.

Williams was also ordered to pay £350 compensation for the damaged gates and £85 court costs.

Presiding magistrate Sally Ruttley told Williams: “We believe you are remorseful and you tried to put the matters right. However this does not detract from the fact that you held a position of trust and this was a planned crime. We were considering custody.”

Solicitor Corrine Ransom told the court: “He has lost his job now through his own fault. He is trying extremely hard to find some work.”

Miss Ransom said Williams was extremely remorseful and had decided he would never again repeat that kind of behaviour.