A teenage burglar “just, and only just” escaped being locked up after a house was burgled and the occupant’s car was burnt out.Why?
Scott Fitzgerald broke into a property in Herschel Crescent, Littlemore, and took a handbag containing the keys to a Mazda RX8 sports car, later found burnt out in Blackbird Leys.
Oxford Crown Court Recorder Matthew Lowe said he “hesitated long and hard” before imposing a non-custodial sentence on the 19-year-old, who got to the bag through an unlocked kitchen window.
Lucy Tapper, defending, said her client, of Alice Smith Square in Littlemore, “was very drunk at the time”.Are they? Or are they just his true character showing through?
She added: “He’s much the sort of person who could be talked into, led into, that type of offence, rather than instigating it himself”.
Miss Tapper continued: “He is considered to be conscientious, honest, friendly, personable and helpful, so that these offences are out of character.”
He added at Friday’s hearing: “You have come very, very close to going through that door to the cells rather than this one [back into court].”Well, don’t worry, Recorder Lowe, I suspect he’ll be back soon to keep his appointment with that door…