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Sutton Bridge man given suspended prison sentence after admitting burglary and theft

A Sutton Bridge man has received a suspended prison sentence for burglary and theft offences in Sutton St James.

Stuart Paul Ashby (41), of Princes Street, appeared at Boston Magistrates' Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to entering three properties in Chapelgate with intent to steal.

He also admitted stealing from a vehicle, with all of the offences having occurred on November 3, 2018.

Boston Magistrates Court.
Boston Magistrates Court.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said Ashby entered outbuildings, such as stables, and stole property which has later recovered.

"Mr Ashby's car was seen parked nearby, with items in it, but by the time police arrived it had been driven off," Mr Todd said.

The prosecutor added that it was unfortunate Ashby's offences could not be tied up with sentencing for other matters for which he recently served a prison sentence.

Hugh Cauthery, mititgating, said: "Such property as there was appears not to have had much value."

Sentencing Ashby, District Judge Peter Veits told him that the items stolen were minor stuff but it was not nice for the people involved.

Ashby was given six weeks' custody for each offence, to run concurrently, suspended for 12 months.

He was also ordered to pay £115 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Meanwhile, a 16-year-old boy co-accused with Ashby had his case adjourned until January 15.

Mr Todd said: "The son of the first complainant detained two other youths who were dealt with by cautions."

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