Suspended sentence for Abertillery phone theft man

AN ABERTILLERY man who “opportunistically” stole a woman’s mobile phone from inside her house when she was at home was given a suspended sentence.

Carl Brereton, 48, of Forge Lane, stole the woman’s iPhone from a property on High Street in Ebbw Vale on January 10.

Onlookers said he had been seen acting suspiciously before he took the phone, and he reached into the property twice before he finally took it from a windowsill.

Cardiff Crown Court heard two days later he sent a letter to the woman whose house he had burgled, claiming to be his friend, and wrote he was someone who “had a big heart”.

Tony Trigg, prosecuting, said the letter had made the victim feel scared for her wellbeing and that she thought it was from the person who has taken from her phone.

Mr Trigg said the woman’s iPhone cost her £42 per month and that it was valued at about £500.

Brereton has 21 previous convictions for dishonesty and burglary, the court heard, but had not offended since 2002.

Sentencing him to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, Judge Eleri Rees said his theft of the mobile phone had been “quite deliberate” and that the letter caused the victim “distress and a feeling of vulnerability”.

He had already pleaded guilty to burglary at a plea and case management hearing.

Ben Waters, defending, said when the theft took place, Brereton had been going through a “torrid time”, as his father, his stepfather and brother had all died in a short period.

He told the court Brereton’s depression had been exacerbated and played a part in him not thinking of the possible consequences of what he had done.

Brereton will be electronically tagged for eight weeks and must observe a curfew from 8pm until 6am. He will also pay an £80 victim surcharge at a rate of £10 per fortnight.

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9:48am Sat 31 May 14

Dai Rear says...

It wasn't a theft, it was a burglary. He was sent to the Crown Court for what reason? Presumably because the magistrates quite rightly decided their powers of sentence (6 months) were inadequate for a dwelling burglary where he caused serious distress to his victim.
The appropriate sentence , assuming he was not a "3 strike" man, where it would be 3 years, would be 30 months for this. He is far too old to improve now, notwithstanding he's not been caught for 12 years and keeping an old criminals like him out of the way for a while is best. Judge Rees has done Gwent people no service.
It wasn't a theft, it was a burglary. He was sent to the Crown Court for what reason? Presumably because the magistrates quite rightly decided their powers of sentence (6 months) were inadequate for a dwelling burglary where he caused serious distress to his victim. The appropriate sentence , assuming he was not a "3 strike" man, where it would be 3 years, would be 30 months for this. He is far too old to improve now, notwithstanding he's not been caught for 12 years and keeping an old criminals like him out of the way for a while is best. Judge Rees has done Gwent people no service. Dai Rear
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12:39pm Sat 31 May 14

displayed says...

he sent a letter to the woman whose house he had burgled, claiming to be his friend, and wrote he was someone who “had a big heart”.

Ah, it gets u rite there!

"Sentencing him to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months,"
Hes just a thief, his philosophy is: "u got it, I want it, its mine"!
he sent a letter to the woman whose house he had burgled, claiming to be his friend, and wrote he was someone who “had a big heart”. Ah, it gets u rite there! "Sentencing him to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months," Hes just a thief, his philosophy is: "u got it, I want it, its mine"! displayed
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2:07pm Sat 31 May 14

county mad says...

Another out of touch judge maybe if they read forums like these they might start imposing real deterence
Another out of touch judge maybe if they read forums like these they might start imposing real deterence county mad
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