Drunken Burgler Given Suspended Sentence

PUBLISHED: 11:11 03 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:33 04 May 2010

A DRUNKEN burglar who tried to climb through a bedroom window in the early hours was given a four-month suspended jail sentence this week. Homeless Ashley Bowen was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £100 costs by Ely magistrates o

A DRUNKEN burglar who tried to climb through a bedroom window in the early hours was given a four-month suspended jail sentence this week.

Homeless Ashley Bowen was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £100 costs by Ely magistrates on Thursday.

The court heard how 18-year-old Bowen had woken an alarmed Roderick Lockhart at Laburnum House in Queen Adelaide as he tried to climb inside the property on July 6.

He ran way when Mr Lockhart shouted, and left a trainer behind.

A Mercedes car belonging to Graham Lockhart had been searched, and finger prints taken from the house window and the car were a match for Bowen.

At an earlier hearing, Bowen had admitted burglary with intent to steal, and vehicle interference.

"This was a burglary at the lowest end of the scale," said Adam Haselhurst, mitigating. "There was no ransacking, and nothing was taken.

"He has a chaotic lifestyle, and is trying to sort out his accommodation problem.

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