Ipswich Crown Court heard that on the day of the burglary Corley had sat listening to music at the woman’s home in Burdock Road, Red Lodge, and had asked for her money. Manhattan’s Narrowest Townhouse, Less Than 10 Feet Wide, Lists for Nearly $5 Million. Manhattan’s Narrowest Townhouse, Less Than 10 Feet Wide, Lists for Nearly $5 Million. He had then given her a lift to Mildenhall and knowing the house was empty he’d returned and stolen a laptop, Bluetooth speaker, tablet device and stereo unit.
A burglar was sentenced to 50 months in prison for stealing a laptop containing priceless images and movies of a Suffolk woman’s deceased partner after she assisted him by putting a roof over his head. Judge Martyn Levett described Alfie Corley’s actions as “despicable,” adding that in addition to the laptop, he stole a tablet device with a speech software that the woman’s disabled daughter used to interact with her family. He claimed he had betrayed the burglary victim and “bit the hand that fed him.”
The victim returned home later and realised there had been a burglary after noticing a key which she had left in the patio door was missing. Corley was identified as the burglar after police studied neighbours’ Ring doorbell and CCTV footage which showed Corley and another person leaving the house with items which he had put in a caravan attached to his car. In a statement read to the court the victim of the burglary said she’d helped Corley by putting a roof over his head and getting him accommodation in a hostel.
She described him as “ungrateful” and said she had helped him because she knew his family. “ I never thought he would burgle me. If he’d asked I would have helped him,” she said. She said that as a result of what had happened she would never help someone in the way she had helped Corley. Her children had been left devastated by the theft of the laptop which contained precious and irreplaceable videos and photographs of their dead father.
She said Corley had also stolen her disabled daughter’s tablet device which helped her communicate with her family and she’d had to borrow another one because she couldn’t afford to replace it, Corley, 42, of Vicarage Close, Swaffham Bulbeck, admitted burglary and fraud by false representation by trying to sell items stolen during the burglary at Cash Converters in Bury St Edmunds. This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we’re asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.
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