Sunderland house burglar spared jail

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A BURGLAR who ransacked a family home during a raid has walked free from court.

Brent Brooke smashed his way into the house at Anglesey Square, Farringdon, Sunderland, via a patio door and trashed every room.

Newcastle Crown Court heard expensive electrical equipment was stolen, personal possessions had been moved around and even children’s toys had been broken and destroyed.

Prosecutor Mark Guiliani told the court: “The householder had left the premises secure but she was rung by a friend to tell her that her house had been burgled.

“When she got back she found the rear patio doors smashed and the house ransacked.

“In all of the rooms there had been ransacking carried out. Various items had been moved and food taken from the freezer.

“A child’s room had been gone through and his items destroyed.”

The victim told police the raid had caused distress to her children and herself.

Brooke, of St Lucia Close, Hendon, admitted burglary, which he says was carried out with others and which he remembers little about.

Jamie Adams, defending, said Brooke is remorseful for what he did and is no longer drinking excessively.

Mr Adams added: “He is desperate to change his life.

“He is desperate to get regular employment.”

Mr Recorder Jeremy Freedman sentenced Brooke to 10 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with programme requirements and a six-month night-time curfew.

The judge said: “You ransacked each and every room you went into, including the children’s.

“Their bedroom was torn apart as well.

“I have seen the photographs. You have caused an enormous amount of upset.”

The judge said the sentence could “only just” be suspended and added: “I’m satisfied you are doing something to turn your life around.”

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