Burglar, 21, ‘trashed’ house

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man who called around at a Blackpool flat to confront the occupant ended up “trashing” his home when he was not in.

Bathroom taps were left running, items thrown about in the kitchen and bedroom, a washing machine door broken and a back door damaged to gain access.

Joel Taylor’s fingerprints were found at the scene on Northfield Avenue, North Shore.

Now the 21-year-old has been given a suspended sentence for an offence of burglary with intent to commit damage.

Taylor of Amberbanks Grove, Blackpool, had admitted the offence which was carried out on June 3 this year.

Jeremy Grout-Smith, prosecuting, said the victim was contacted by Taylor and two other men.

Each of the three were alleged to have said they were going to go round there and “fill him in”.

He told them to leave him alone and went out.

In interview, Taylor admitted having “trashed” the place.

His fingerprints and footwear marks were found at the address. He told police he had fallen out with the owner and had gone to the flat to “kick his head in”.

Kimberley Obrusik, defending, said the victim was the ex-partner of Taylor’s girlfriend and there was some animosity between the pair.

Taylor was given 36 weeks’ jail, suspended for two years, with two years supervision and 120 hours’ unpaid work. For 31 days he will be on a nightly curfew.