19-year-old avoids jail despite stealing thousands from parents

Peterborough Crown Court.
Peterborough Crown Court.
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A teenager who broke into his parents’ house while they were on holiday and stole £4,000 has avoided jail - after his mum and dad said they did not want to press charges.

Jordan Martin (19) took the cash from a safe inside the house in Sylvester Road, Castor, near Peterborough on November 6.

He had not been given a key to the house while his parents were away, but managed to break in through an insecure rear window. Martin then spent the money funding his drugs habit.

The unemployed youth, of Wellington Street, Peterborough appeared at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday (2 January), where he pleaded guilty to one count of burglary.

But, Craig McDougall, prosecuting, told the court Martin’s parents had tried to stop proceedings against their son.

Judge Sean Enright, handing Martin a suspended sentence, said: “It is plain your parents do not want you to go to prison. They may be misguided, but I take their views into account.”

Mr McDougall said: “The house was targeted, and there was a significant breach of trust involved, and there was premeditation and planning as well.

“The money has all gone.”

Mauro Maselli, defending, said: “He has no previous convictions, and he is of low risk of re-offending.

“He is terrified of immediate custody. The court process has acted as a deterrent.

“He would welcome the chance to get some help and assistance to combat his drug addiction.

“Going to prison would mean he would be in contact with more hardened criminals.”

The court also heard Martin claimed he had only taken £2,300 from the safe - but had sold his car since pleading guilty at an earlier hearing, and had paid his parents back £2,600.

Judge Enright added: “I do not detect a scrap of remorse from your pre-sentence report, or your conduct today.”

He was given a 12 month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 260 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.