Burglary youth breached curfew, Grantham court hears

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A 17-year-old who has admitted a house burglary appeared in court charged with breaching his bail conditions.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has admitted committing burglary at a house in Redmile Walk in Grantham. The 17-year-old is also charged with a burglary at a house in Stirling Court but has not yet entered a plea.

Kate Hartley, prosecuting, said the teen entered the home in Redmile Walk and stole money from a purse.

Mrs Hartley told the court he had turned to crime because of drug problems.

She said: “He wanted to take the items because he had a drugs habit and had a drug debt with dealers that he was struggling to pay off.”

The teenager was on police bail with various conditions including a residence condition which means he must be at home between the hours of 8pm and 7am. However, he was found to have been outside of the home during these hours.

Bill Fraser, defending, told the court the teen had left the house to get cigarettes.

The teen was arrested by police and was held in custody overnight before appearing at Grantham Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning.

Chair of magistrates Mrs Tidwell said: “You have had a taste of what happens when you breach your curfew conditions. Now they are court conditions we will lock you up until you come to this court again (if you break the conditions again).”

The teen will next appear at Grantham Magistrates Court on December 12.