Burglars trashed flat of friend

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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Two young men “trashed” a Blackpool flat of a woman who had regarded them as friends, a court heard.

Windows, a TV, a stereo and drawers were all destroyed in a burglary at the address on Lytham Road, South Shore.

The woman was so upset by what happened that she had to leave.

She said of the behaviour of Damien Davis and Joseph Jackson: “They stabbed me in the back.”

Davis, 19, of Cunliffe Road, Blackpool, and Jackson, 20, of Waterloo Road, Blackpool, appeared at Preston Crown Court for sentencing, having admitted burglary.

At the time, March 30 last year, Tracey Chadwick lived at the flat. Michael Goldwater, prosecuting, said it seemed the defendants had spent part of the previous day at the flat, as her guests. She was out at night when the home was broken into.

A taxi driver travelling past at one o’clock in the morning heard breaking glass.

Shortly after that, a male threw a portable TV out of the window. The incident was reported to the police and they were later arrested.

When the occupant returned, she could see her flat had been damaged, said Mr Goldwater. “She is still struggling to come to terms with what has happened,” added Mr Goldwater. “She says ‘they stabbed me in the back’.”

Davis had pleaded guilty on the basis that his co-defendant had entered the flat and caused extensive damage.

Jackson told officers he had been drinking and had no recollection of his behaviour that night. Both were bailed to return to court on May 29.

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