Penlan man, Toby Mansbridge, of Heol Gwyrosydd, stole pencil cases and puzzle books while on heroin
A MAN with mental health problems stole pencil cases and a puzzle book from a Penlan home, after escaping Cefn Coed Hospital to buy heroin.
Toby Mansbridge, 40, appeared at Swansea Crown Court to be sentenced for the charge of burglary.
Prosecutor, Craig Jones, said the charge related to a council-owned flat in Bluebell Way, Penlan, occupied by a Mr Forty and his partner, Jane Shepherd.
“They were both known to this defendant, and had been for some time at the time of the offence,” he said.
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Mr Jones said that on the evening of Monday, December 10, there was no electricity supply in the flat, and the pair had spent the night in the homes of their respective mothers.
“The following day, at around 11 o’clock, Ms Shepherd returned to the flat and noticed the front door to be insecure and ajar,” said Mr Jones, who added that she thought the council would have needed to gain entry, to fix a leak in the bathroom.
Everything was in order in the flat, so she left, securing the door behind her.
But when she returned at 5.15pm and tried to make her way back into the flat, she found that it had been bolted from the inside.
“She shouted to be let in, and heard a voice shouting back at her,” said Mr Jones.
“The defendant identified himself and opened the door.”
When she entered her home, Ms Shepherd noticed a number of carrier bags with her possessions in them, ready to be removed.
“She started to shout at this defendant, who replied that he was bringing the stuff back,” said Mr Jones, who said there was also a green rucksack filled with DVDs.
Police were called and Mansbridge, of Heol Gwyrosydd, Penlan, was arrested. The complainant noticed a number of items had been taken, including pencil cases, puzzle books, DVDs, a Playstation 2 and games.
During interview, he changed his story twice, said Mr Jones, initially telling police he’d gone to visit a friend in the flats, which had a communal area buzzer system.
He noticed the door of this flat was ajar, and went to the bedroom to smoke some heroin he’d bought, having escaped from Cefn Coed Hospital. The next thing he recalled was a woman shouting at him.
He then told officers he’d gone to see Mr Forty to repay him money.
Recorder Nicholas Jones gave Mansbridge a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, along with a supervision order.
He was also ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.