Man smashed into Hull store to steal £5k of telephones ‘and kill himself’

Man smashed into Hull shop to steal £5k of phones 'and kill himself'

A “profession burglar” claims he tried to steal £5,000 price of telephones from a Hull metropolis centre store so he might commit suicide.

Stephen Woods, 34, broke into Fone World in King Edward Avenue simply after midnight on June 12 earlier this yr, utilizing a crowbar to open the protected earlier than taking roughly 20 telephones from a show cupboard.

An alarm system triggered the police to the break-in the place they caught Woods red-handed.

In a police interview, he informed officers his intention was to steal the telephones to purchase medication so he might kill himself by overdose as he “by no means improved his life”.

Woods, of Towan Shut, Bransholme, appeared earlier than Hull Crown Court docket on Wednesday, September 11, to be sentenced for one rely of housebreaking .

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Prosecuting, Stephen Welch informed the courtroom that Woods broke in via the rear door of the premises earlier than taking £4,000 price of money from a protected.

He then smashed into one of many cupboards, stealing £5,000 price of telephones.

Mr Welch mentioned: “The defendant broke into Fone World within the early hours simply after midnight on June 12. The proprietor was alerted by an alarm and from the CCTV he might see the defendant coming into the premises.

Fone World, King Edward Avenue

“He [the owner] contacted the police and in addition attended and as he did he might see the defendant attempting to exit the again door.

“By that stage the police had arrived and had been in a position to detain him.

“The defendant was interviewed. He mentioned he was liable for the housebreaking and that he went out to commit it.”

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Throughout his interview, Woods mentioned his intentions was to purchase crack cocaine with the cash and “take his personal life”.

Addressing Choose David Tremberg, Mr Welch mentioned: “Your honour, the Crown don’t settle for that the intention was solely to acquire cash to get medication and commit suicide.

“The quantity taken was far in extra of what would have been required to do this.”

Upon listening to this, Woods shouted from the dock: “Why does that matter?”


In a sufferer impression assertion, the proprietor of Fone World mentioned the housebreaking had “a big impression on the enterprise financially” as he was not in a position to promote the telephones till the case had been concluded and injury to the premises value within the area of £2,500.

Mr Welch mentioned: “He [the owner] was pleased that the property had been recovered however this was the primary time he had been burgled and was so upset that the defendant felt it was acceptable to steal from him.

“Crimes like this have a destructive impression on companies. He mentioned the incident was exhausting to take care of.”

Woods been in hassle for greater than 20 years

Mr Welch described Woods as a “profession burglar” with 27 earlier offences of housebreaking of non-dwelling properties on document.

Mitigating, Frances Pencheon mentioned that Woods had a “troubled” upbringing and started getting concerned in burglaries from the age of ten the place he was taken by his uncle to help.

She informed Choose Tremberg he had made makes an attempt to hunt assist for despair within the days earlier than the crime, which by no means adopted via.

A psychiatric report concluded Woods suffers from a despair dysfunction and traits of emotionally unstable character dysfunction, which he’s “motivated” to handle and “break this cycle” of re-offending.

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Ms Pencheon mentioned: “That is the primary time the defendant has had the advantage of psychiatric evaluation. The profit which he is aware of he must begins addressing the emotional difficulties from his historical past.

“He’s attempting to handle the emotional difficulties and his despair.

“He accepts he reached all-time low on the day of his offence. He described in his interview that regardless of the very fact he’s going again to jail he’s glad the way in which that night time labored out the way in which it did.

“He’s motivated and prepared to observe the suggestions of docs and attempt to break this cycle and procure the counselling he so wants.”

‘You will have a dreadful document’

Sentencing Woods to 30 months in jail, Choose Tremberg informed Woods that his “appalling” legal document was an aggravating function.

He mentioned: “You will have a dreadful document of earlier convictions for housebreaking. You will have been rightly described by the prosecution as a ‘profession burglar’ with 27 earlier conviction from non-dwelling burglaries.

“That is an aggravating function in your case. Unsurprisingly, your grownup life has been permeated by spells in jail and your attendance has been one thing of a revolving door.

“You fall to be sentenced for a housebreaking at a business premises within the dead nights on June 12. This was a critical case of its kind.

“It’s mentioned in your behalf that the entire property was recovered however that’s of no due to you. That was not your plan.

“Had you been profitable you’d have taken £10,000 out of your sufferer. The offending is so critical solely a right away custodial sentence is suitable for it.”


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