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Burglar who smeared blood round house and stole gems worth £3k spared jail

A prolific burglar who took advantage of the noisiness of Bonfire Night to steal £3,000 worth of jewellery has been spared jail.

Richard Bond, of Lower Bevendean Avenue, Brighton, appeared at Hove Crown Court on Thursday and admitted one count of burglary.

The 41-year-old has a long history of convictions, the court was told.

Mary Walford, prosecuting, told the court he used a garden ornament to smash into a home in Buckingham Place, Shoreham, on November 5, 2013.

He smeared his blood around the house and stole valuable jewellery.

The victim’s account of what happened was read out in court.

She said she had become “confrontational” to people who approached her door since the burglary, scared they might target her.

“I feel vulnerable,” she admitted.

“I’m scared the man who burgled me will return.”

The court was told he first burgled a home in 1987 and had 18 previous convictions.

Kirsty Craghill, defending, said: “It’s extremely unpleasant.”

She agreed nothing could “justify” what Bond had done, explaining he needed cash at the time of the incident.

Judge Michael Lawson QC ordered Bond to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, ordered him to obey a three-month curfew, pay the victim £500 compensation and a £60 victim surcharge.

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1:20pm Fri 28 Mar 14

ronrostog says...

Spared Jail? Previous convictions stretching back over 25 years? Joke of a sentence and a letdown for every previous victim of his selfish actions. Each time he has offended (or the one's he has been caught for) the penalties should have been getting harsher. Still, who knows, maybe they have. Probably did 6 weeks or something after having been done for the 12th time back in 2002. That will have taught him a lesson no doubt......
Spared Jail? Previous convictions stretching back over 25 years? Joke of a sentence and a letdown for every previous victim of his selfish actions. Each time he has offended (or the one's he has been caught for) the penalties should have been getting harsher. Still, who knows, maybe they have. Probably did 6 weeks or something after having been done for the 12th time back in 2002. That will have taught him a lesson no doubt...... ronrostog
  • Score: 10

5:24pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Sussex jim says...

Nicking a some paper or a few pens from your employer? Naughty, but not serious.
Shoplifting from Tesco? A criminal act, and a fine and a record. Punishment enough.
But to break into,or even enter by unlocked door, someone's home and steal personal possessions- some of long-standing sentimental value?
No. Removal from society; even for a few months, is the only deterrent. And longer sentences for persistent offenders.
Nicking a some paper or a few pens from your employer? Naughty, but not serious. Shoplifting from Tesco? A criminal act, and a fine and a record. Punishment enough. But to break into,or even enter by unlocked door, someone's home and steal personal possessions- some of long-standing sentimental value? No. Removal from society; even for a few months, is the only deterrent. And longer sentences for persistent offenders. Sussex jim
  • Score: 6

9:53pm Fri 28 Mar 14

medianscore says...

The only solution is to put these vermin up against a wall and shoot them. Better for society and better for them.
The only solution is to put these vermin up against a wall and shoot them. Better for society and better for them. medianscore
  • Score: 4

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