A 25-year-old man who broke into his ex-partner’s house and stole a diamond watch worth £30,000 has been told by a judge that he won’t go to prison if he “stays out of trouble” for the next six months.
Thomas White, of Bibury Close, Wellingborough, appeared at Northampton Crown Court charged with a burglary committed at a property in Milton Malsor, near Northampton, on March 8 this year.
The court heard White had been in a relationship with a man that had broken down last year.
Joey Kwong, prosecuting, said the ex-boyfriend had changed the locks at his address but hadn’t changed the alarm code.
Mr Kwong said a total of £42,000 worth of goods were taken from the man’s house by White, including a diamond watch worth £30,000.
James Mclernon, defending, said the case was “very unusual” as the defendant had “no recollection” of the burglary as he had consumed a large quantity of alcohol and drugs.
Mr McLernon said: “He has no idea why he went there and no explanation as to why he took the items. He does not know where they are.”
The court heard that White went to the address with another man he had met on social media who had booked a hotel room for them after the incident.
Mr McLernon said White had no contact details for this man.
Judge Rupert Mayo was handed references for White from his manager at Pizza Express and his mother.
Judge Mayo said they were “hugely positive” and demonstrated that the burglary was “wholly out of character”.
Judge Mayo decided to defer sentencing White for six months. He said he would deliver a suspended prison sentence of two years if White, “kept out of trouble, did not take drugs, worked with a well-being team, remained in employment and worked as hard as he could to recompensate the victim”.