Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Bereaved' Burglar Is Spared Jail

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Bereaved' Burglar Is Spared Jail

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A "DADDY'S girl" who turned to crime after the death of her father has been spared prison after burgling a neighbour.

Teesside Crown Court heard how 20-year-old Simone Marie Thompson began offending at the age of 14 after her dad died.

Prosecutor Katy Rafter told the court how Thompson was seen entering her neighbour's property on Kentport Court in Stockton on March 7 at around 2am.

Thompson was spotted smashing a window and then removing electrical items by another neighbour who called police.

Officers arrived and arrested Thompson at the scene.

The court was told items valued at a total of pounds 250, including a DVD player, video, portable television and microwave were taken. All were recovered.

Thompson was found guilty following a trial at Teesside Magistrates' Court but was sent to the Crown Court to be sentenced.

Defence barrister Peter Wishlade said: "She has had some difficulty coming to terms with the death of her father when she was 14. …

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