Burglary victim caught Wrexham man climbing out of window

Published date: 21 February 2014 |
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A MAN has been jailed for stealing a mobile phone belonging to a vulnerable man during a burglary.

Mold Crown Court heard yesterday how the victim returned home to his flat, in sheltered accommodation run by a charity, and found Darren Keith Simons climbing out of his widow.

Simons, 37, then rode off on the victim’s bicycle.

He returned with the bicycle but denied all knowledge of the victim’s mobile telephone and charger.

Simons, of Collins Court, Wrexham, admitted burglary in April of last year.

Mark Connor, defending, said there had been a delay in the case.

His client had been interviewed for the burglary and for a fraud allegation at the same time.

He had been sentenced to 16 months last year for the frauds but was not charged with the burglary until that sentence had been completed.

It was a question of totality, he said.

Judge Niclas Parry agreed and said he would now serve an additional eight months.

He would probably have received two years if they had been sentenced together, he said.

“You knew the complainant was a vulnerable man. You knew he was a soft touch,” Judge Parry told him.

“There was a confrontation of a kind and the case is aggravated by your poor record.”

But he had no convictions for burglary, he had pleaded guilty and it was an opportunistic offence.

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