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Burglar escapes custodial sentence

PUBLISHED: 12:13 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:00 05 July 2010

A man who pleaded guilty to the burglary of a Lowestoft home has escaped a custodial sentence.

Anthony Johnson, 39, was instead given a suspended sentence for 24 months after admitting one count of burglary and a second count of going equipped to steal.

A man who pleaded guilty to the burglary of a Lowestoft home has escaped a custodial sentence.

Anthony Johnson, 39, was instead given a suspended sentence for 24 months after admitting one count of burglary and a second count of going equipped to steal.

Ipswich Crown Court heard yesterday how Johnson had been under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he searched an address in Yarmouth Road, stealing jewellery, a camera, commemorative coins and a phone charger, valued at £200, and later recovered by police.

The prosecution told of the victim's great distress at the violation of her privacy. The court also heard how Johnson, of Felixstowe, had written a letter to the victim apologising and explaining his remorse.

Recorder Karen Walden-Smith said she had no doubt from what she had heard that the burglary was opportunistic, but highlighted the very severe effect it had on the victim.

Johnson was also ordered to pay £300 compensation to the victim.


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