A GRANTHAM man accused of burglary said he only helped the burglars detach a boiler from a wall.
Dean Deakin, of Oxford Street, appeared for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to burglary, theft and breaching a conditional discharge.
The burglary took place between December 10-17 at an unoccupied property in Harrow Street. Jill Derby, prosecuting, told the court how the home-owner found broken windows and the kitchen door lock damaged. A boiler, washing machine, cooker and cooker hood had been stolen.
Forensics officers found pliers on the scene and DNA on the tool matched Deakin’s.
Rory Macmillan, defending, said blood found on broken glass got there because the defendant was interested in renting the property and had looked through the window, cutting his neck.
Passing on another occasion, Deakin saw two men he knew standing outside the property, added Mr Macmillan.
He said: “They told him they had broken in and were going to steal a combi-boiler but they couldn’t get it off the wall.
“He stupidly agreed to enter with the young males and help them to remove the boiler. Then he left them to it.”
Deakin also admitting breaching a conditional discharge by stealing copper wiring belonging to BT. The court heard how the wiring was taken from a skip and was believed to have been rubbish.
Deakin also pleaded guilty to stealing Paco Rabanne aftershave worth £37 from Boots in Grantham on December 23. The court heard how, fed up with queueing, he left without paying.
Magistrates handed Deakin a 12-month community order including ‘Thinking Skills’ programme. He was also ordered to pay £500 compensation to the homeowner and £170 costs.