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Burglar accused cleared after lack of evidence

PUBLISHED: 12:22 25 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:22 25 April 2019

Kimberley Road, in Lowestoft. PHOTO: Google Maps

Kimberley Road, in Lowestoft. PHOTO: Google Maps

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A Suffolk man accused of a distraction burglary during which money was stolen from a tin at the home of an elderly woman has been cleared after the case against him was dropped.

Stephen Smith, 35, had denied the burglary, which is alleged to have taken place on Kimberley Road, in Kirkley, near Lowestoft, on Wednesday, January 23, but admitted producing cannabis at his Romany Lane home in Kessingland.

Smith was due to stand trial for the burglary charge at Ipswich Crown Court later this year but on Thursday (April 25) Russell Butcher, prosecuting, said there was a lack of evidence to link him to the incident and offered no evidence.

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He said the victim of the burglary had been unable to make a positive identification and there was no forensic evidence.

Judge David Pugh directed that a not guilty verdict should be entered on the court record.

The court heard that Smith had admitted producing cannabis after six mature cannabis plant and eight immature plants were found by police at his home.

He will be sentenced for that offence on Friday (May 3).

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