Two teenagers have been jailed for breaking into homes in Red Lodge after meeting for a pub lunch have been jailed.
Timothy Stone-Parker and Eli Murkin, both aged 19, were told by Judge Rupert Overbury: “I am firmly of the view that young men who break into other peoples home and defile their property can only expect to receive a custodial sentence.”
The pair had broken into two homes in Warren Road and one in Turnpike Road on May 6, Ipswich Crown Court heard today.
Martin Ivory, prosecuting, said a neighbour who realised a burglary was happening at one of the homes called police who detained Stone-Parker and Murkin nearby.
At each roperty, panes of glass in rear doors had been smashed and the homes searched, though nothing appeared to have been taken from two of them.
At a third in Warren Road, beer and a bottle of wine was stolen, said Mr Ivory.
Stone-Parker, of Clayway, Ely, and Murkin, of Elmcroft Close, Beck Row, each pleaded guilty to three burglary offences.
The court heard Stone-Parker had previous convictions so had to receive a substantial sentence under the ‘three strikes’ rule for house burglars.
Judge Overbury sentenced Stone-Parker to two years and 146 days custody and Murkin to seven months, both in a Young Offenders Institution.
Appearing for Stone-Parker, Nicola Devas told the court his client accepted he was on the verge of alcoholism.
Miss Devas said: “His problem seems to be that he has been drinking heavily. He has been having problems with alcohol for some five years.”
She added that while he had not set out with the aim of committing burglary, Stone-Parker acted spontaneously when he had been drinking and without considering whate was doing.
She said: “He is aware that he can’t continue to drink in this way if he wants to have a life.”
Joanne Eley, representing Murkin, said he was naive for his age and had only one friend before meeting Stone-Parker.
On the day of the burglaries they had met at a pub in Red Lodge for lunch before deciding to go for a walk.
Murkin had acted as a look-out for the first two offences but admitted he had gone inside the third.
Miss Eley said: “He says that his curiosity got the better of him.”
Sentencing Stone-Parker and Murkin, Judge Overbury told them: “Anyone who breaks into someone’s home violates their personal security.”
Judge Overbury said Stone-Parker had an ‘appalling record’ of previous offences and while Murkin may have been led astray, he had taken the decision to take part in the burglaries.