Theft from Clare house results in Sudbury man’s conviction

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

Jewellery was stolen from the home of a couple in Clare as their grandson hosted a party without their knowledge, a court has heard.

Some of what was taken during the party in December was recovered from a rucksack belonging to Samuel Davis who had been one of the guests.

Ipswich Crown Court was told on Thursday (26) that Davis, 20, of Hertford Road, Sudbury, had pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.

Prosecuting, Michael Crimp said that when the house owner’s grandson realised that items had been stolen he contacted friends and that resulted in a bag containing some of what had been taken being left in a bag outside the property.

While further items were recovered from Davis following his arrest, a number had not been traced.

Mr Crimp said the owners of the house had been on a trip away when their grandson held the party without their knowledge or permission.

It had not been established who was responsible for stealing the jewellery, Mr Crimp told the court.

Defending, Laura Kenyon said Davis, who had no previous convictions, was a cannabis user and had fallen into debt.

Davis had, at the time, reached “rock bottom”, said Miss Kenyon.

He deeply regretted what he had done and had attempted to return the stolen jewellery in his possession but had not managed to get it all back.

Sentencing him, Assistant Judge Advocate General Emma Peters told Davis: “You should be thoroughly ashamed.”

Davis was made the subject of an 18 month community order and told he must pay £150 compensation towards the value of the jewellery he had disposed of.

Davis will also be under Probation Service supervision for 18 months.