Diallo Allen, 18, was allowed to walk free despite mugging three teenagers after Judge Lesley Newton heard he turned to crime after his affluent parents were forced to move to a council estate.
Judge Newton said she believed there was ‘another side’ to the violent mugger and gave him a suspended sentence.And he walked the straight and narrow (as far as we know) for....three whole days!
But three days later Allen smashed his way into a home while the owners were on holiday. He was caught after traces of his blood were found on a door and window frames.Heh!
Allen is now due to appear before Judge Newton again, after yesterday pleading guilty to burgling the house with intent to steal.I guess it's not just the mugger who gets a second chance to do the right thing, then?
But tell me more about the circumstances of his family's fall from grace?
Manchester Crown Court was told how he had fallen into bad company after his ‘high-achieving’ family moved a mile-and-a-half from a ‘middle-class’ area to the Nell Lane council estate, in Chorlton.
Allen’s mother, Deanne Blake, had worked for Manchester council for 18 years as a social worker before launching her own private consultancy.
His father Garfield Allen, who is separated from Miss Blake, was made redundant from his job as a theatre director due to funding cuts in the arts.Oh dear! *stifles manic laughter*