Burglar ruined man’s birthday celebration

PUBLISHED: 06:30 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:49 22 May 2018

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

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A Norwich man had his special birthday celebration ruined when he discovered his home had been burgled while he was away with his wife, a court heard.

Charles Marrison, 39, burgled the home in Hercules Road, Hellesdon, while the couple were away for the weekend but fled the scene after the burglar alarm alerted the owner through his phone,that there had been a break-in, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Chris Youell, prosecuting, said the victim got his son to check the house and he discovered the back patio glass door had been smashed. When the victim returned he found a piece of jewellery belonging to his wife, along with other items including cash, had been taken.

Mr Youell said some clothes had also been piled up by Marrison but said it would appear that he had not managed to take all he wanted before he fled the scene as he also left behind his own jacket.

Mr Youell said Marrison was arrested after he handed himself into security at Castle Mall shopping centre.

In an impact statement, the victim said the burglary had ruined his birthday weekend and he felt angry that someone had been going through their belongings.

He said: “My wife was particularly upset as he went through her personal things.”

He said the burglary had left the couple feeling “uneasy” in their own home and they had increased security measures at their home as a result.

Marrison, of no fixed address, who appeared via video link from Norwich Prison, admitted the burglary on April 21 and also attempted theft of alcohol from Asda.

The court heard he had a poor record with 58 convictions for 140 offences.

Jailing him for 12 months, Judge Anthony Bate said Marrison had burgled the home of the owner while he was away on his birthday celebration and said his actions had caused a great deal of anxiety and “understandable feelings of anger”.

Gavin Cowe, for Marrison, said that drug and alcohol misuse lay behind his offending.

He said that at the time of the offence he had split with his long-term partner and was going through “domestic upheaval”.

He said Marrison had taken drugs and could not remember much about the break-in.

“His recollection is not clear.”

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