‘Epiphany’ for burglar who turned himself in

Issue 626

A BURGLAR from Ravensthorpe turned himself in after deciding he wanted to be a role model for his new baby.

Adeel Abbas, 20, went to police in a bid to break away from others who had led him into a life of crime.

He admitted at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court to stealing a laptop from a home in Shillbank Lane, Mirfield, on February 6.

Abbas, of Field Lane, Ravensthorpe, asked for two attempted burglaries and four offences of dishonesty to be taken into account.

Charles Blatchford, for Abbas, said his client had an “epiphany moment” and added: “He is full of remorse and regret.”

The court heard Abbas found the laptop after searching the living room and two bedrooms.

It contained photographs of the victims’ daughter as a child that were of sentimental value and cannot be replaced.

Duncan Ritchie, prosecuting, said the two attempted burglaries were in January, one of which was at the home of a 94-year-old woman.

He added that Abbas committed these two offences with another suspect and each acted as the lookout for the other.

Abbas was given 18 months in prison suspended for two years, a community order, 200 hours unpaid work and a 30-day activity order.

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