Two Tredegar brothers locked up for burglary
6:01am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
Two brothers from Tredegar were locked up for 26 weeks for burglary after they targeted a house where they knew the owner was on holiday.
Christopher Hill, 30, of St Georges Court and Troy Stait, 20, of Ty Parc, knew the house on Ty Bryn was empty. After an untidy search they made off with a laptop and DVDs to the value of £550, between August 26 and August 30 this year.
District Judge Martin Brown, sitting at Newport Magistrates' Court, said: “It wasn’t opportunistic. They knew the person was on holiday and they targeted the house.”
Addressing the defendants, he said: “I don’t think I need to tell you how serious this is, entering somebody else’s property.
“There was an untidy search and the item that was stolen can cause immense inconvenience and difficulty for the victim. This is very close to the margins of what this court should ever have accepted jurisdiction. The sentence should have been in excess of nine to twelve months. I don’t have that power.”
They were convicted on September 16 but the sentencing was adjourned until yesterday.
The two admitted burglary and were each sentenced to 26 week in custody, which Stait will serve in a young offenders’ institution.
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