Wheelbarrow burglar carried out raid ‘because he was struggling to sleep’

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A burglar made off with a haul full of goods in a wheelbarrow after heading out while ‘struggling to sleep’, a court was told.

Lincoln Crown Court was told how Jonathon Burton entered the property in Lighton Avenue, Frampton, while the householders were away for the weekend.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said tools taken from a garden shed were used to force a way into the house.

Mr Howes said: “All the rooms were entered. Cupboards were rummaged through. There was a systematic search of the premises. The stolen items were loaded into a wheelbarrow and transported away.”

Jewellery, cutlery and clothes were among the property stolen which included a number of sentimental items and other items were moved ready to be taken away.

Afterwards Burton went to his brother’s home and became involved in an altercation which resulted in police being called.

Following his arrest Burton admitted a second burglary at Penny Gardens, Kirton.

Burton, 32, of Dennis Estate, Kirton, admitted burglary on November 12 and asked for the Penny Gardens burglary to be taken into consideration at Friday’s crown court hearing.

Neil Sands, defending, said that Burton had difficulty in sleeping and went for a walk which culminated in him committing the Lighton Avenue burglary.

He said that at the time Burton was facing a magistrates’ court hearing for other matters and had convinced himself he was going to prison.

“He had simply given up on everything. He committed both offences on impulse before going to court the following Monday. The magistrates then took a course whereby he was given a final chance.”

Mr Sands said Burton has since been making progress and urged his sentence be deferred to give him the chance to show he could sustain his improvement.

Recorder Nigel Daly deferred sentence for six months.