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Dudley thief jailed for stealing from kind-hearted neighbour
8:00am Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
A DUDLEY man who repaid the kindness of a neighbour by raiding her home after she had given him food and furniture for his flat has been jailed for a year.
At Wolverhampton Crown Court, Recorder Mark Wall QC told Stephen Clarke, who was making his 37th appearance before a court, he had betrayed his victim's trust and kindness.
The Recorder said the 47-year-old smashed a window to gain access to the woman's home and after damaging her TV he stole £700 worth of property and food from her fridge.
The Recorder said: "What makes this offence particularly serious is that you knew the victim, She lived in the same block as you and she had been kind to you in the past. Now she no longer wants to live in her home."
Clarke of Ashenhurst Walk, Russells Hall, admitted burglary and he was full of remorse for his actions, said his barrister Nicole Steers.
Paul Reid, prosecuting, told the court that after getting into the flat Clarke stole the woman's treasured collection of porcelain lamps as well as raiding her fridge.
The Recorder told Clarke his long list of previous convictions means only an immediate custodial sentence was appropriate for the crime.
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