Burglar, 17, hit man over head with wine bottle

Published date: 20 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MAN disturbed by burglars in his home late at night was struck over the head with a bottle of wine.

The victim needed hospital treatment for cuts to his head and hand.

A boy of 17 admitted the burglary at Wrexham – and asked for a second one the same night where a family car was taken and burnt out, to be taken into consideration.

At Mold Crown Court the youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also pleaded guilty to a separate mobile phone theft.

He was sentenced to a two year detention and training order.

The court heard the defendant’s DNA was found on the broken wine bottle and his fingerprints were found at the scene of the second crime.

Jayne La Grua, prosecuting, said the victim was asleep in bed when he was woken by intruders.

He saw one had his computer tablet.

The victim then felt pain to the back of his head and heard the sound of breaking glass as he was struck to the head with a bottle of wine.

Miss La Grua said he had lacerations to his scalp and hand and his girlfriend called an ambulance.

His injuries were treated and glued in hospital.

A second man involved in the raid had not been traced. The victim believed there was also a third person outside.

The same night police received a call to say a car was alight at Southsea.

It turned out the burnt out shell was a red Hyundai car, taken from the garage of a bungalow in the Borras area of Wrexham the same night while the owner slept.

Other items including jewellery and an iPad were taken to the value of £9,000.

The 17-year-old, said to have previous convictions for 18 offences, was taken from his birth family when young and spent his time in care. But Stephen Edwards, defending, said his remand in custody had been a wake-up call.

He had admitted the offences on a joint enterprise basis.

Judge Philip Hughes said the first burglary involved a vicious assault with the wine bottle.

The second involved the taking of a vehicle which had quite deliberately been destroyed by fire.

He was a capable young man who had spent his childhood in care and had no real ambition to change or improve himself.

The judge said if the defendant had been an adult then the starting point for sentence would have been four-and-a-half years, due to the seriousness of the offences.

Det Inspector Neil Harrison of Wrexham CID said: “Offences of burglary cause victims untold misery, often for a long time after the offence has taken place.

Offenders such as this youth enter the homes of their victims, for their own ends, giving no thought to the consequences to the victim. We hope this sentence will serve as a warning to those prepared to commit such offences that North Wales Police are determined to relentlessly pursue them in order to keep our communities safe.”

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  1. Posted by: Sheefag at 21:04 on 20 December 2013 Report

    'He was sentenced to a two year detention and training order.' Wow, that's really shown him......

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