Man chases down burglar - and buys him a pint

Alexander Hockett, 34,  of no fixed abode, has been sentenced to four years after pleading gulty to a string of burglaries ANL-160419-092957001
Alexander Hockett, 34, of no fixed abode, has been sentenced to four years after pleading gulty to a string of burglaries ANL-160419-092957001

A Bury St Edmunds man chased down a burglar who had just broken into his home and bought him a pint when he caught him, a court has heard.

Alexander Hockett, 34, was pursued from the house in Castle Road to the Corn Exchange where Fred Foreman finally caught up with him.

Ipswich Crown Court heard today that Hockett had pleaded guilty to burglary at Mr Foreman’s home and the theft of jewellery and cash worth £800 from a house in Kirtling Place, Haverhill.

The court heard how Mr Foreman had discovered Hockett at his home on November 12 last year and gave chase as Hockett fled towards the town centre.

Prosecuting, Peter Clark said that the chase along Robert Boby Way and St Andrew’s Street South ended when Hockett turned into the pub which was where Mr Foreman found him.

Inside the pub Mr Foreman had bought Hockett a pint while he talked to him about the reasons for committing the crime.

Mr Clark said Mr Foreman’s attitude had been “commendable”.

Hockett, of no fixed address, asked the court to take into account 15 other offences of burglary committed between July and August 2013.

Appearing for Hockett, Phillip Farr said his client had been released from prison just over a month before the break in for which he was now being sentenced.

Mr Farr said that Hockett who at the time had been homeless was anxious to turn his life around and move away from offending.

Jailing him for four years, Judge Martyn Levett said Hockett had a poor record with three previous jail terms for burglary.