Wrexham man dressed in black 'out to buy a trifle' in early hours

Published date: 20 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MAN dressed in black seen dodging down an alleyway in the early hours of the morning told police he had gone out to buy a trifle.

Police searched him and they found a trifle – along with binoculars, a torch, gloves and a pair of pliers.

Henry Hills, defending, told Mold Crown Court that the trifle had been bought legitimately but had been used as a rouse when he admitted he was “out and about to steal”.

Judge Niclas Parry told defendant Peter Roberts, 47, that he had never made a trifle.

“But if I did, I doubt that I would need gloves, pliers and a torch to do that,” he said.

Once again, he said, Roberts had been out looking for premises to break into.

“It is what you do, it is a life-time habit,” he said. “It needs to stop.”

Roberts, of Y Wern, Wrexham, changed his plea and admitted going equipped to steal on November 9 last year.

He was given a six month prison sentence suspended for 12 months.

The judge placed him on a three month tagged curfew between 7pm and 6am and ordered him to pay £100 costs.

Prosecutor Emmalyne Downing told that when seen by the police at 3am, Roberts told police he had gone out to buy a trifle.

He did have a trifle in his bag but he also had black gloves, binoculars, a torch and pliers.

Roberts, she said, had 73 previous convictions since 1982 including offences of going equipped to steal.

l Roberts was cleared of a separate theft charge when the prosecution offered no evidence against him.

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