Drug user broke into man's home in broad daylight
A BURGLAR stole a man’s disability living allowance because he thought he had been involved in a similar offence the night before.
Richard Nixon admitted breaking into the home of Nicholas Perrin at 9.30am and taking £160 of his Disability Living Allowance as well as his watch, tobacco tin and cigarettes.
Nixon, aged 28, did so because he thought Mr Perrin had stolen £200 of his cash the night before.
Swansea Crown Court heard Nixon had gone to Mr Perrin’s home at Jeffreys Court in Penlan and kicked through the door to get inside.
Another man who was with Nixon, tried to tell him to leave, but he refused and rummged through a cabinet and drawers, finding the watch and other items.
He then made off with some of Mr Perrin’s property.
Mr Perrin said without the cash, which wasn't recovered by police, he had struggled to pay his gas and electricity bills until his next payment which was a fortnight later. He also struggled to buy food, he told police.
Nixon, of Heol Gwyrosydd in Penlan, had spent the night staying in a flat in the same building, when he said his drugs and own cash were taken.
He then suspected Mr Perrin and went to his address.
Police then found some of the stolen items with Nixon’s girlfriend.
Nixon had originally denied being involved but in phonecalls recorded while he was in prison, he was to confess to burgling the house and he also said he expected 14 months in prison for the offence.
He then pleaded guilty on the day of his planned trial.
Ian Ibrahim, for Nixon, said his client had two previous offences for burglary but one was for a non-dwelling property and the other was his mother’s home.
“I ask your honour to put it into perspective, that wasn’t a stranger’s home,” said Mr Ibrahim.
Judge Peter Heywood said he also had to sentence Nixon for an offence of shoplifting where he left the Morfa Retail Park store of TK Maxx with £445 of clothes, without paying for them. All of those were recovered.
The judge told Nixon if he had pleaded guilty before his trial, he could have passed a term which would have meant because he had been remanded in custody since March, that he would have been released the same day. Instead, he was given a total of 12 months in prison, meaning he will serve around three more weeks before he is released.