Jobless man Andrew Dick burgled Scissett firm Output Media hours after interview
Oct 29 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A JOBSEEKER who admitted burgling the offices of a firm where he had attended for an interview the previous day has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Andrew Dick, 39, broke into the Scissett premises of Output Media in April last year after attending a job interview, Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday.
The court was told that Dick, of Elmwood Court, Huddersfield, broke into the offices by smashing a glass pane in a door, but he cut himself in the process and his blood was later found on a towel he used to wipe his hand.
Dick, who had previous convictions for burglary, stole electrical items from the offices worth more than £6,000 and was said to have sold them on for just £100.
He was not traced until six months after the burglary, but continued to deny the offence until his case was listed for trial at the crown court last month.
Barrister Glen Parsons, for Dick, said his client's life had changed substantially in the 18 months since he committed the burglary.
Mr Parsons said Dick was living with an alcoholic and experimenting with drugs at time of the break-in, but now had a settled partner and his own home.
The court heard that Dick was now studying computers and no longer taking drugs or drinking.
Recorder Robert Adams told Dick it was a bit much to start burgling somebody who had been interviewing him for a job.
He said Dick had a bad record for burglary offences, but he had taken account of the changes in his life over the last 18 months.
Dick was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, but the jail-term was suspended for 12 months.
He will have to do 100 hours unpaid work for the community and attend a thinking skills programme as part of a 12-month supervision order.
Recorder Adams also ordered him to pay £240 towards the costs of the prosecution.