Louise Scholes returned to her home in Russell Gardens, Hamworthy, on April 26 this year to find it had been ransacked, with windows smashed, glass shoved into her children’s flower pots, and their fish tank destroyed. Also their pushchair and trampoline were slashed.
The bathroom was smashed and the fridge-freezer put in the kitchen, flooding the property; furniture and electrical goods were destroyed and games consoles, jewellery and cash stolen. These included her grandmother’s rings and her children’s holiday money.It wasn't just a burglary. But that's how the law treated it:
Daniel Jones, 34, of Blandford Road, Poole, was sentenced by Judge Samuel Wiggs at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to one count of burglary, although it was suggested that other people had been involved in the crime and not arrested.Then he should bear the sentences they would have got on top of his own until he tells the authorities who the were...
Miss Scholes… said she was pleased with the sentence, but disappointed he wouldn’t have to pay compensation.
“I thought he was going to get off with a suspended sentence so I am pleased he has gone to prison, I don’t believe he is remorseful at all,” she said.
“But all of my possessions and my kid’s toys were destroyed, and we don’t have insurance, and it will cost the housing association a lot to repair the house.”Incredibly, despite his horrendous record and the reasons for his actions, that matters not a jot to the legal system:
The court heard that Daniel Jones, who has eight previous convictions covering 18 offenses – including handling stolen goods, criminal damage, battery and racially aggravated assault – targeted the house as he believed someone else lived there against whom he had a grudge.
Speaking in mitigation on Friday, Kevin Hill said: “Mr Jones made his remorse clear to the police at his interviews. He had justified his actions at the time on the basis of a long-running family feud, but he was clearly quite wrong.
“He had taken a lot of alcohol at the time, but when sober at his interview he said he was appalled at his behaviour as he has family of his own.”But wait! Someone is to be compensated, after all!
What? No, silly! Not Miss Scholes. Other - future - victims...
Jones was also ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.That's just adding extra humiliation on top, isn't it?