Cafe burglar jailed for eight months

Lincoln Crown Court EMN-150619-153432001
Lincoln Crown Court EMN-150619-153432001

A burglar who fled from a house after he was disturbed when the occupier returned, has been jailed for eight months, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Simon Denman, 23, of Station Road, Kirton Lindsey, fled with a wallet containing bank cards and a drive licence after he was interrupted inside the property in Burton Street, Gainsborough.

Prosecuting, Stephen Kemp, said Denman escaped out of a window but was later arrested after visiting his mother’s home nearby.

Denman committed the offence just an hour after he broke into a café in Market Street, Gainsborough.

Mr Kemp said Denman climbed onto the roof at the rear of the premises and forced his way in.

He made off with nine bottles of coffee syrup but was chased by a pizza delivery driver who saw what had happened. The witness eventually lost sight of Denman and police called out to the scene also gave chase but Denman got away.

When Denman was later interviewed by police he told officers he had taken tablets he was given by a man he met in the White Horse pub. He claimed he climbed up a drainpipe to get into the Burton Street property in the mistaken belief it was his mother’s house.

Denman admitted two charges of burglary committed on April 22 this year.

Judge Michael Heath told him: “If you commit a dwelling house burglary at night when the occupier is disturbed then invariably you go to custody. I see no reason why I should depart from that position in this case.”

Defending, Stephen Lowne, said Denman had an argument with his partner on the day, went drinking and took the tablets.

He said Denman was now working at a potato farm at Scawby.

Mr Lowne said: “He is very sorry and deeply ashamed.”