December 11 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 12, 2013
A former soldier who found it hard to adjust to civilian life after being discharged from the army has been jailed for 12 months after admitting a string of burglaries in Suffolk.
Sentencing 25-year-old Luke Ramsey, Recorder Simon Blackford said: “You aren’t the first person who has found it extremely difficult to come out of the army and cope with civilian life and that is a mitigating factor in this case.”
Ramsey was jailed in July for 18 months for other offences and while in custody contacted the police and gave officers details of a number of burglaries he had committed in order to “wipe the slate clean”, said Robert Sadd, prosecuting, at Ipswich Crown Court.
As a result of the information he volunteered, he subsequently pleaded guilty to a burglary at a house in Saxtead in April and asked for nine offences including six house burglaries in Dickens Road, Ipswich; Main Road, Hemingstone; Stradbroke Road, Horham; Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal; Spring Cottage, Coddenham and Loraine Way, Bramford and burglaries at Horham Community Centre, Debenham Leisure Centre and a hairdressers in Debenham to be considered.
The court heard the total value of property stolen during the break-ins was £6,885 of which only £140 worth of items had been recovered. In addition, £750 damage had been caused to the premises where the burglaries had taken place.
Recorder Blackford told Ramsey the burglary at the house in Saxstead had a substantial effect on the family who lived there and a wedding ring and an engagement ring stolen during the break-in were of sentimental value.
He jailed Ramsey for 12 months and ordered the sentence to run from yesterday.
Mr Sadd told the court that entry had been gained to the house in Saxstead during the daytime by forcing a rear window, and jewellery and an iPad had been stolen.
Hugh Vass, for Ramsey, said his client’s earliest date of release from his current sentence was March next year. He said that when Ramsey was sentenced in July it had been hoped that the current matters before the court could have been dealt with at the same time but that had not been possible.
He said if Ramsey had not volunteered information about the burglaries they would probably have remained unsolved.
He said Ramsey had missed the birth of his daughter in September because he was in prison and was determined to change his ways on his release.