Three men jailed for burglary of elderly couple’s home

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Three men who broke into the home of an elderly couple in Stowmarket have been jailed.

Andrew Billman, 29, of no fixed abode, Jay Munday, 25, of Windemere Road, Ipswich, and Dolian McKenzie, 30, of Edgeworth Road, Ipswich, were each jailed for 16 months at Ipswich Crown Court today having previously pleaded guilty to the burglary.

The men had used a garden ornament to smash a glass door leading to the dining room of a 10-bedroom property in Stricklands Road on the night of September 23.

Prosecuting, Robert Sadd said the occupants of the house - a woman in her 80s and her husband in his 90s - had been unaware of the break-in taking place.

After ransacking downstairs rooms the men stole a television set worth almost £700 and bottles of sherry.

Neighbours had spotted men passing items out of a window and called the police resulting in the burglars running off.

Mr Sadd said: “This was not a very intelligently executed crime.

“Their escape plan was to run away but they were caught.”

The court heard the three men all had a substantial number of previous convictions.

Marcus Croskill, appearing for Billman, said his client had acted on impulse when he took part in the burglary and was remorseful.

Munday, who accepted he had a very bad record of previous offending, had become involved in ‘stupid behaviour’, said Jacob Edwards.

Stephen Dyble said McKenzie had also acted impulsively and the intruders had not disturbed or been near the elderly occupants.

Mr Dyble said: “It was a harebrained burglary.”

Jailing the men, Judge John Holt said: “All three of you have an extensive and unattractive history of previous convictions.

“I would not be doing my public duty if I did not take those into account.”