‘Took the law into own hands’

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A man who ‘took the law into his own hands’ after his partner and child were were allegedly burgled, stole a handbag and contents from a house unrelated to the incident, a court has been told.

Joshua Luke Bloodworth (24), of St Paul’s Road, Spalding, appeared unrepresented at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday accused of entering a house on Pinchbeck Road and stealing a Ted Baker handbag, Ted Baker purse and Sony Experia mobile phone, along with other contents of the handbag.

Prosecutor Marie Stace told the court that Bloodworth had entered the property through an insecure sliding door into the kitchen, seen the items, taken them and left.

She said: “He had wanted to show the offender how close he could get to them.”

She told the court he was seen by the postman and the son of the victim, and left the area in a dark car.

She said: “He was looking for a male who he believed was responsible for a burglary of his own home.

“He discovered quite quickly the bag had nothing to do with the male.”

She said he had admitted everything to police and said he had intended to return the bag.

He wasn’t sure how he planned to do it and had hidden it in the meantime.

Representing himself, Bloodworth pleaded guilty to the charge of burglary dwelling and theft – no violence.

He told magistrates: “My partner and child had got burgled a week prior to the offence.

“I took the law into my own hands and I know I shouldn’t have, but I realise my mistake and fully admit it.

“They got the items back as soon as they could and even if they didn’t get police involved it would have been returned as soon as 

Magistrates ordered a report to be completed by probation and adjourned the sentencing to Wednesday, September 9.