Town centre burglar 'caught red-handed'

Warrington Guardian: Town centre burglar 'caught red-handed' Town centre burglar 'caught red-handed'

A BURGLAR was caught ‘red handed’ by police standing on the shoulders of an accomplice, and using a pole made from broom handles and sellotape to try and steal a handbag.

Declan Eccles, of White Street, was collared by officers from Cheshire Police, using the makeshift pole and hook to push through a transient window.

The female occupant was asleep.

Warrington Crown Court heard last Wednesday, Eccles was trying to snatch a bag from a home on Thynne Street in the town centre.

Alexandra McCruker was alone at the address, and was ‘shocked’ to be woken by police in the early hours of the morning, as she had locked the doors and windows.

Peter Hussey, prosecuting, said neighbours had called 999 after seeing Eccles at the window.

The defendant was on bail, waiting to be sentenced for another burglary, when committing the latest offence on January 20, this year.

Recorder Michael Blakey said: “(Eccles) indicated he would never do this again, but has gone on to reoffend.

“He simply continues to disregard the impact of his behaviour on his victims which is a cause for concern.”

John Oates, defending, said Eccles has learning disabilities which means he is not able to make decisions properly.

He said: “There’s mention in the probation report he has some problems.

“He has the approach and demeanour of someone who is very easily lead.

“This is a grossly inadequate young man, but sending him to prison would be damaging and premature.”

However, Mr Blakey said Eccles had threatened his victim’s right to feel safe.

He added: “I understand the difficulties you may labour under but there’s a full report dealing with the way they can be damaged.

“The occupier was at home, and there they should feel safe, far from disturbances by you.

“Clearly, someone breaking into somebody else’s house, is a frightening experience.”

Eccles, wearing a grey hooded top and trainers, was sentenced to two years in a Youth Offender’s Institute.

A woman in the public gallery stormed out of court and shouted ‘I don’t believe this’.

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9:42am Mon 23 Jun 14

Freeborn John says...

Well, that's the 'It's not my fault, I only did it because I'm not very bright' defence blown out of the water.
He should have stuck to the tried and tested 'Drink and drugs made me to it' gambit, like the rest of the towns petty crims when they're twisting and turning in the dock.
Well, that's the 'It's not my fault, I only did it because I'm not very bright' defence blown out of the water. He should have stuck to the tried and tested 'Drink and drugs made me to it' gambit, like the rest of the towns petty crims when they're twisting and turning in the dock. Freeborn John
  • Score: 24

11:32am Mon 23 Jun 14

smallscousefox says...

What does his mother not believe?...That he only got 2yrs ,despite repeatedly offending??....if so,the rest of Warrington doesn't believe it either....
What does his mother not believe?...That he only got 2yrs ,despite repeatedly offending??....if so,the rest of Warrington doesn't believe it either.... smallscousefox
  • Score: 26

4:16pm Mon 23 Jun 14

TM from HM says...

Believe it. The scumbag was lucky to only get 2 years.
Believe it. The scumbag was lucky to only get 2 years. TM from HM
  • Score: 6

5:36pm Mon 23 Jun 14

smallscousefox says...

TM from HM wrote:
Believe it. The scumbag was lucky to only get 2 years.
Er...that was my point!...
[quote][p][bold]TM from HM[/bold] wrote: Believe it. The scumbag was lucky to only get 2 years.[/p][/quote]Er...that was my point!... smallscousefox
  • Score: 11

7:27pm Wed 25 Jun 14

local man says...

Freeborn John wrote:
Well, that's the 'It's not my fault, I only did it because I'm not very bright' defence blown out of the water.
He should have stuck to the tried and tested 'Drink and drugs made me to it' gambit, like the rest of the towns petty crims when they're twisting and turning in the dock.
And what happened to the classic "My client now has a steady girlfriend and the chance of a job, shows great remorse and is looking to change his life around your honor" defense. Surely without that one thrown in he was just asking for a custodial. The judge probably believed that with such a poor defense he was expecting detention, and thought it best not to disappoint him. :)
[quote][p][bold]Freeborn John[/bold] wrote: Well, that's the 'It's not my fault, I only did it because I'm not very bright' defence blown out of the water. He should have stuck to the tried and tested 'Drink and drugs made me to it' gambit, like the rest of the towns petty crims when they're twisting and turning in the dock.[/p][/quote]And what happened to the classic "My client now has a steady girlfriend and the chance of a job, shows great remorse and is looking to change his life around your honor" defense. Surely without that one thrown in he was just asking for a custodial. The judge probably believed that with such a poor defense he was expecting detention, and thought it best not to disappoint him. :) local man
  • Score: 3

6:40pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Freeborn John says...

local man wrote:
Freeborn John wrote:
Well, that's the 'It's not my fault, I only did it because I'm not very bright' defence blown out of the water.
He should have stuck to the tried and tested 'Drink and drugs made me to it' gambit, like the rest of the towns petty crims when they're twisting and turning in the dock.
And what happened to the classic "My client now has a steady girlfriend and the chance of a job, shows great remorse and is looking to change his life around your honor" defense. Surely without that one thrown in he was just asking for a custodial. The judge probably believed that with such a poor defense he was expecting detention, and thought it best not to disappoint him. :)
If I was young Einstein I'd have pointed to the gallery and sobbed; 'With a mother like that, what chance did I have Sir?'
Well worth a punt, I suggest.
[quote][p][bold]local man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freeborn John[/bold] wrote: Well, that's the 'It's not my fault, I only did it because I'm not very bright' defence blown out of the water. He should have stuck to the tried and tested 'Drink and drugs made me to it' gambit, like the rest of the towns petty crims when they're twisting and turning in the dock.[/p][/quote]And what happened to the classic "My client now has a steady girlfriend and the chance of a job, shows great remorse and is looking to change his life around your honor" defense. Surely without that one thrown in he was just asking for a custodial. The judge probably believed that with such a poor defense he was expecting detention, and thought it best not to disappoint him. :)[/p][/quote]If I was young Einstein I'd have pointed to the gallery and sobbed; 'With a mother like that, what chance did I have Sir?' Well worth a punt, I suggest. Freeborn John
  • Score: 2

9:20pm Thu 26 Jun 14

grey-area says...

The woman left her handbag without water on a hot day, so I thought I would rescue it with a makeshift fishing rod that I happened to be carrying and hand it in to the Police M'lud. Luckily there were some police on hand to verify my story. I always walk on my mate's shoulders during hot weather.

Now that's a case for the defence.
The woman left her handbag without water on a hot day, so I thought I would rescue it with a makeshift fishing rod that I happened to be carrying and hand it in to the Police M'lud. Luckily there were some police on hand to verify my story. I always walk on my mate's shoulders during hot weather. Now that's a case for the defence. grey-area
  • Score: 3

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