Thief ‘sorry’ for burgling his brother

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A man who got high on Valium ended up burgling his brother’s home.

The next day Scott Bertram was so upset by his crime that he took stolen property round to his parents’ address along with a letter of apology.

A computer, £50 cash, some DVDs, a pair of boots and a holdall were all taken from the home of Chad Bertrm on Belmont Avenue, Blackpool.

Bertram, 35, of Cookson Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to burglary. A judge at Preston Crown court gave him 18 weeks jail suspended for a year, with 12 months drug rehab and supervision.

His brother returned home to find a bike and a jacket, that looked as though they belonged to his brother, Scott, in the yard.

But when he entered the house he found property had been stolen.

The following morning, at 7am, the defendant turned up at his parents’ address. He had various items from his brother’s home with him.

Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, said: “He gave them to his father as well as a letter of apology which he asked to be given to his brother.”

All the stolen items were recovered, except for the computer and the cash.

Bertram told police he had taken eight to 10 Valium tablets that day.

Paul Robinson, defending, said Bertram used to be a prolific offender in years gone by, but had dramatically reduced that since 2007.

That was largely down to working with the local community drugs team, the Tower project and getting himself drug free.

“He was able to make a fresh life for himself in Rotherham,”explained Mr Robinson.

“He married there, but that relationship broke down and he returned to Blackpool and unfortunately, to his old habits and old ways.

“He bitterly regrets his behaviour. He was under the influence of drugs.

“The following morning he realised what a terrible thing he had done”.

Mr Robinson said society would be better protected in the long run if a suspended sentence was passed to address Bertram’s problems.