Grantham court: Teenager, 17, admits his part in burglary

Court news
Court news

A 17-year-old has admitted his part in a burglary in which saw a Play Station 3 and £50 in cash stolen.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to committing the offence on September 19 at a Grantham address.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, described how the victim left his room in a shared house at around 4.30pm on September 18, but then at 5.37am the next morning CCTV captured two males approaching the property.

Later, the 17-year-old was seen on CCTV carrying the games console. The victim returned to his room to find it in a mess and both the Playstation, valued at £180, and £50 in cash missing. The door was still locked from the outside, but a window was left ajar.

Stuart Wild, defending, told the court that after his client was arrested by police and shown the CCTV he made a full and frank admission.

“At the time he was in a bad place, and had taken drugs and alcohol,” said Mr Wild, before adding: “He wishes to apologise to the victim for his actions.”

Mr Wild highlighted that his client had no previous convictions, but had been “mixing with other people who had been involved in more criminal activity”.

Magistrates imposed a referral order for nine months, during which he must complete activities set out by a youth offender panel. He must also pay £115 compensation to the victim.