A MAN who came face to face with his victim as he was trying to break into a garage ran away from the scene before he had the chance to take anything, a court was told last week.
David Brocklesby, of Revesby Avenue, Boston, was trying to break into the garage of a home in Boston’s Muster Roll Lane through the back door when he suddenly spotted the resident on the other side of the door and ran away, magistrates heard on Wednesday.
The facts were given by prosecutor Daniel Paulson in a sentencing hearing held at Boston Magistrates’ Court, which was taking place after Brocklesby failed to turn up for a trial relating to the matter earlier in the week.
The 24-year-old had denied committing theft, but was found guilty in absence during the hearing which he did not attend. He admitted failing to surrender to court on Wednesday.
He also faced a charge of causing criminal damage to property belonging to Mayflower Housing Association on May 5.
Mr Paulson said Brockelesby, who admitted the offence, had damaged a chair in an argument and then broke a door valued at more than £600 by kicking it after he had been forced out of the house.
Mitigating, Andrew Goldsborough told the court Brocklesby had miscalculated the date of the trial and had thought it would take place on another day.
Magistrates imposed a community order for 160 hours of unpaid work as punishment for the burglary, and added 40 hours, to run concurrently, for failing to surrender to the court. He was ordered to pay £250 compensation to Mayflower and a further £5 to the owner of the chair damaged on May 5.