Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 4°C

Search

Sibton: Man broke into home as owners were at a funeral

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 February 2013

Benjamin Hills, jailed for burglary and possession of a firearm

Benjamin Hills, jailed for burglary and possession of a firearm

A BURGLAR who broke into a Suffolk home while the owners’ were at a family funeral has been jailed for 45 months.

During the break-in at Cardinal House in Pouy Street, Sibton, Benjamin Hills, who was with an accomplice, stole jewellery worth £12,000, camera equipment and five shotguns and ammunition, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

The owner of the property had been attending his mother’s funeral at the time of the burglary on January 25 and had returned home with his wife to find the property had been ransacked.

In a victim impact statement read to the court the couple said they felt violated by the burglary and had trouble sleeping since it happened.

Hills, 23, of Lincoln Avenue, Saxmundham admitted buglary and possessing firearms and ammunition when prohibited .

Jailing him for 45 months Recorder Simon Farrell said that some of the jewellery stolen during the raid had been of great sentimental value to the owners and had been in the family for several generations.

Robert Sadd, prosecuting, said the burglary had taken place at around 9am and an untidy search had been of all areas of the property.

He said Hills was arrested after someone saw him with a gun near his home in Saxmundham and contacted the police.

Steven Dyble for Hills said his client had broken into the house after finding out it would be unoccupied. He said the purpose of the burglary hadn’t been to steal guns.

0 comments

A man in his 20s has been stabbed in the back in a Sudbury cemetery this morning.

A mother died trying to save her daughter who rushed back to her bedroom to get family pets while their Braintree house was engulfed in flames, an inquest has heard.

Bristol musician Rozi Plain, who has toured with the likes of Devendra Banhart and KT Tunstall, will perform a charity gig in Suffolk on Sunday, April 2.

Police have borrowed an HGV from a Suffolk company to get a better vantage point and catch lorry drivers breaking the law.

A Suffolk playwright has teamed up with an author from north of the county border to adapt a locally-published book for TV.

Singer Peter Andre will be meeting his fans and signing copies of his 2017 calendar and new perfume at the Buttermarket in Ipswich.

A teenager arrested on suspicion of committing a rape in Newmarket has been bailed by detectives.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24