June 20 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
An attempted burglary to recover an owed £40 has resulted in an Ormesby man being given a nine-month prison sentence.
Shane Cockrell, of Yarmouth Road, pleaded guilty to attempted burglary with intent to steal at Norwich Crown Court this morning.
Trevor Ivory, prosecuting, explained the attempted burglary had happened at a home in Yarmouth Road, Ormesby, at around 1.45pm on Monday, January 7 and that police arrested Cockrell around 30 minutes later.
The 22-year-old was recalled to prison, having been sentenced to 30 months in prison in November 2011 for an assault, and will now serve at least half of his new nine-month sentence.
Judge Mark Lucraft said Cockrell had a “very sorry” 10 convictions already on his record and had attempted to burgle the house of someone he knew as he felt he was “owed something to the value of £40”.
John Morgans, in mitigation, said Cockrell realised he had “acted very foolishly”. Mr Morgans also stressed that nothing was stolen in the burglary, although a window at the back of the house had been damaged.
He said: “The defendant says (the victim) had borrowed some money from him and then effectively made himself scarce.
“The visit was to the address of somebody who had been a very close friend and who he suspected would be in. It is suggested he was in the house, which was why he went round to the back of the house, to speak to (the victim) through his bedroom window.”
Judge Lucraft said none of Cockrell’s previous convictions were for burglary and added: “Any burglary is a gross violation of people’s rights to live safely in their own homes.”
Two co-defendants in the case have pleaded not guilty to the attempted burglary and will return to Norwich Crown Court for trial on Wednesday, May 22.