Two men who admitted to breaking into Grantham Cricket Club and stealing a flat-screen TV and spirits, received a reduced sentence because they had already been on curfew for nearly a year.
Jordan Peacock, 20, of Hornsby Road and Joseph Newman, 18, of Earlesfield Lane both pleaded guilty to committing the burglary last year.
As outlined by prosecutor Marie Stace, on July 2 at about 4am police on duty saw two men carrying large objects which on approach they found to be a flat-screen TV and sports bags.
After identifying themselves to the officers they then both dropped the items and ran off towards the canal.
Inside the bags were bottles of spirits which indicated to police that it was a commerical burglary and after checking the nearby cricket club they discovered a broken window. The suspects, who were both teenagers at the time, were traced and arrested at 5.40am, interviewed and released on bail.
During the police’s investigation they found a footprint at the scene which closely resembled footwear belonging to Newman as well as matching DNA on wire cutters.
Defending Peacock, Giles Tyas said the crime had been committed on impulse and that his client accepted ‘it was a very stupid thing to have done.’
Mr Tyas pointed out that since being released on bail both defendants had been on a 12 hour curfew restricting them to their homes between 7pm and 7am each night for 11 months, which neither had breached.
He added that Peacock had been a DJ but had lost that job because of the curfew, and since struggled to find work.
In light of this Mr Tyas said: “It is fair to say they have had their punishment.”
Rob Arthur who defendend Newman, supported Mr Tyas in asking magistrates to consider going outside their usual sentencing guidelines because of the lengthy curfew and also the inconvenience of the men having to report daily to police.
Magistrates said these were exceptional circumstances and ordered Peacock and Newman to each pay £376.32 in compensation to the cricket club as well as £85 each in prosecution costs.