Holywell man admits burgling family home

Published date: 23 May 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A 24-YEAR-OLD man stole the keys to vehicles belonging to his mother and his grandmother during a burglary.

Daniel Edward Lloyd Smith, 24, then used one of the vehicles while the rest of his family were on holiday.

Smith, now of Rhydmynydd, Brynford, near Holywell, admitted burglary at part of the dwelling where he lived with his mother and grandmother at Sycamore Stores, Ysceifiog, in the first week of April, taking his mother’s Ford Fusion and his grandmother’s Vauxhall Meriva, and driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Christine O’Kane, prosecuting, told Flintshire Magistrates Court that because of previous problems Smith was not allowed into part of the property, which was locked while the others went on holiday.

But he had entered the office, taken the keys, moved his mother’s car to make space and then took his grandmother’s vehicle. Police stopped him in Prestatyn.

He was placed on a 12-month community order with supervision and he was ordered to carry out 80 hours unpaid work.

Smith was further banned from driving for a year and was ordered to pay £145 costs. Magistrates did not make a restraining order after protests from Victoria Evans, defending, who said it was unnecessary and disproportionate to what he had done.

He was a man of good character who had admitted the offences, she said.

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