Darlington burglar who only failed to steal goods as someone else beat him to it walks free from court (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Darlington burglar who only failed to steal goods as someone else beat him to it walks free from court
A BURGLAR who broke into a garage left empty-handed because someone else had already beaten him to it, a court was told.
Karl Nimmo, of Ramsgill, Darlington, burgled a garage in Hutton Avenue, in Darlington, sometime during the night between July 3 and July 5 this year.
Although the 32-year-old came away empty handed, police found Nimmo’s fingerprints at the crime scene and he was later arrested.
At an earlier hearing, Newton Aycliffe magistrates heard that the garage’s owner said she knew Nimmo, but he did not have legal access to the building.
He had earlier admitted burglary with intent to steal and returned to Darlington Magistrates’ Court for sentencing today (Tuesday, October 15).
John Clish, mitigating, said: “What he says is that yes, if there had been anything in there, he would have taken it.
“He is adamant that he didn’t take any items out of that shed. It was unplanned and unsophisticated in its nature.”
Nimmo, who has a lengthy record for dishonesty convictions, was recently released from an 18-month custodial sentence and committed the burglary while on licence from prison. He was recalled to prison on September 7 for 28 days.
Mr Clish said Nimmo has been using amphetamine and was receiving support for his addiction while in prison.
“When he came out of prison it would appear that the network of support has broken down to a certain degree,” he said.
Handing him 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, chairman of the bench Nicholas Edger told Nimmo: “It is not very nice going round in the middle of the night entering people’s private property with the intention to steal.”
He was also ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work at a rate of seven hours a day, for four days a week.
He must also pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.