Seaford: Teen burglar faces jail if he re-offends

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A 13-YEAR-OLD boy from Seaford who used a hammer to try and smash his way into a convenience store has been warned he faces jail if he commits another burglary.

The teenager was also slapped with a curfew after Eastbourne Magistrates Court heard he had gone to the Four Seasons convenience store after drinking alcohol and damaged the window. A hammer found at the scene had his DNA on it.

The court heard the schoolboy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, panicked when the alarm went off and ran from the scene.

In a separate matter on December 14 in the middle of the day the 13-year-old went to a property in Seaford.

He was spotted by one of the occupiers who initially thought it was her husband. She saw the teenager looking through the window and he then fled.

Nothing was taken in either burglary and in the latter case the conservatory had been unlocked.

The youth pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary – one domestic and one non-domestic – and admitted breaching a youth rehabilitation order.

Dan Harrison, defending, said, “I’m sure you will give him credit for his early guilty plea.

“He has admitted both offences of burglary. Regarding the non-domestic burglary at Four Seasons he said he was drinking that day with a friend and he accepted he caused damage to the window by smashing it.

“With the other burglary he climbed over the wall. It wasn’t his idea in the first place.

“He was told by an acquaintance there were cigarettes there and he went into the premises.

“They are serious matters, fortunately not as serious as they could have been.

“He is seeing a great deal of bodies to deal with his problems.

“I understand he is seeing the mental health team in January. They believe he may have Attention Deficit Disorder or Oppositional Defiant Disorder at his school.

“I asked him why he committed these offences. He can’t give me an answer other than he doesn’t think about what he is doing. He feels bad his mother is footing the bill for these offences.

“There have been some family issues. His accommodation is stable and secure and there’s been a suggestion from his mother he has been improving over Christmas.”

The boy’s mother – who the magistrates said they felt had done all she could – said she had been asking for help for two-and-a-half years because she knew things weren’t right and said a new social worker was now in place.

Magistrates revoked an existing Youth Rehabilitation Order (YRO) and sentencing him for the offences as well as re-sentencing for three other matters of handling stolen goods, theft and going equipped he was given a new 12 month YRO with 12 months of supervision.

He was also given an electronically tagged curfew which means he must stay in between 8pm and 7am daily for 16 weeks.

Magistrates also ordered £170 compensation to be paid to the store.