Burglar offers ‘closure’

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A man who carried out a list of burglaries and other crimes coughed up to his crimes – by showing police the properties where he had struck.

Ian Dudman was said to have come clean about half a dozen other crimes he had carried out, following his arrest for a raid on an Ansdell address.

Ian Dudmann

Ian Dudmann

He has now been jailed for two years and five months.

He pleaded guilty at a Preston Crown Court hearing to burgling a home on Arundel Road, Ansdell in May, where a list of items were taken.

Dudman, 36, of no fixed address, asked for three further burglaries of homes, plus a burglary of a garage and two thefts from cars to be taken into consideration.

Robert Smith, prosecuting, said a downstairs back door window had been smashed at the home in Ansdell.

A woman living there with her husband was woken by noises coming from downstairs.

A man went on to be spotted running nearby. The defendant was arrested at his address later that day.

When questioned by police he spoke of having found things difficult since his release from prison, as he had no money to survive on.

He apologised for his actions.

Dudman had eight previous convictions for house burglary.

Jonathan Lally, defending, said his client had co-operated with the police, going out to show them the properties where he had offended.

Following his latest release from jail, Dudman had been provided with bed and breakfast accommodation.

He was given £46 which was to last him two weeks, until his first benefit payment.

“He says that simply wasn’t enough and found himself in difficulties.

“He has served prison sentence after prison sentence in the past and to a large extent, has become institutionalised.

“He falls into crime far too readily.

“But he wants the victims of the crimes in this case to have some closure.

“He realises what effect his crimes have on other people”.

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