Teenage raider burgled pensioner’s house while she slept

Jason Maginnis

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A RAIDER let himself into a pensioner’s home and stole her belongings as she slept upstairs.

Jason Maginnis crept into through the victim’s front door and took her purse, mobile phone and television set.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 19-year-old dumped the pensioners TV in a garden as he fled her home in Southwick, Sunderland and it has never been recovered.

The householder, who is in her 70s, told police: “The one thing I had was my television and now I don’t have that.

“I am very shocked and disgusted that someone has entered my house without my permission and taken my belongings.

“I am a pensioner living on my own.”

Maginnis, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to burglary and asked for two

theft offences to be taken into consideration.

Judge John Milford jailed him for 16 months.

The judge said: “Her television has not been recovered. That was a considerable loss to her, living as she did.

“She relied on it for entertainment and she speaks of that in her personal statement.”

Maginnis said “I’m sorry” from the dock as the judge passed sentence.

He had admitted during police interview he used money from the pensioner’s purse to buy food as he was homeless.

Paul Cross, defending, handed the judge a letter Maginnis had written.

Mr Cross said: “The letter does appear to express genuine remorse and genuine insight into the harm he has caused, which is perhaps a somewhat unusual feature.”

Mr Cross said Maginnis had made efforts to get the victim’s television back by telling the police where he had left it.