Teen burglar spared jail

A TEENAGER who caused a family “trauma” after burgling their home was spared custody by a judge at Lincoln Crown Court.

Dean Gaskin, 19, admitted helping to steal a lap top computer from a property in Tower Road after being “encouraged” by a more sophisticated criminal, the court was told on Friday.

During the case Judge Sean Morris heard how Marie Hart found her patio door had been smashed open when she returned home with her two children aged 8 and 12.

The court was told property valued at £3,500 had been taken during the daytime burglary, including irreplacable family photographs on the stolen lap top and a digital camera.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said Mrs Hart’s jewellery box which contained sentimental items which had been passed down in the family was also stolen.

In a victim statement which was read out in court Mrs Hart said the burglary had a traumatic impact on the family and her children now feared the burglars could return “day or night.”

Liz Hart, mitigating, told the court Gaskin was encouraged to take part in the burglary by a more hardened criminal after “chickening out” of a raid at another property.

Miss Hart said Gaskin became involved after losing his job as a carpenter in Boston after becoming depressed and had now made a fresh start living with his grandparents in Essex. His new address was not given at the hearing.

Gaskin, who admitted the burglary on June 23, was sentenced to nine months youth detention suspended for a year and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Passing sentence Judge Morris warned him: “You aren’t going to prison, but you may do next time.”