A 38 year old Stroud woman who twice burgled her former partner’s home – once when he was attending his mother’s funeral – has received a suspended six month prison sentence.
Kimberley Hawkins of Jack Russell Close, Stroud, was told by a judge at Gloucester Crown Court that her offences in May and July last year were ‘mean spirited.’
But the judge, Recorder Richard Shepherd, said she had recently started tackling the drug addiction which motivated the burglaries and he saw prospects of her rehabilitating herself with the aid of supervision.
Prosecutor Alun Williams told the court that her former partner went away for a few days last spring and she took advantage by forcing a ground floor window to get in on May 26.
“When the owner returned home he discovered that his son’s X-Box games had been stolen along with some air fresheners and medication,” said Mr Williams.
“Fingerprints were found around the edge of the window frame and were a match for Hawkins.
“The second burglary, on Monday July 29, 2019, occurred while the home owner was attending his mother’s funeral.
“When the home owner returned he discovered that a laptop, a remote controlled toy helicopter and other items belong to his son had been stolen. She was identified from the CCTV security footage.”
James McKenna defending said: “Hawkins has suffered a Class A drug addiction for many years but since these burglaries, she has not reoffended.
“She has referred herself to obtain professional help for her drug habit. She is now on medication and doesn’t need to offend to fund a drug habit as the issue is now being medically addressed.
“It is a sad series of events as the past is now catching up with her.”
Recorder Shepherd agreed: “I believe that there is a real opportunity for rehabilitation which will enable me to suspend any sentence. She has already proved that she is slowly turning her life around.”
Mr McKenna added: “Hawkins did not even relapse into taking drugs following a recent major incident in her life. She stayed on track with the medication.”
Hawkins admitted the two dwelling burglaries on May 26, 2019 and July 29, 2019.
Judge Shepherd told Hawkins: “You committed two mean-spirited burglaries at the home of your former partner.
“However you have demonstrated that over the past 18 months you have made efforts to kick your drug habit.
“You have already spent the previous 18 months voluntarily dealing with your drug habit and I propose imposing an 18-month drug rehabilitation requirement, which would mean at the end of it you will have spent three years addressing your habit.”
Judge Shepherd also sentenced Hawkins to a six month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months and imposed an additional 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days and ordered her to attend a monthly judicial review and pay a victim surcharge of £115.
The judge concluded: “I hope this sentencing package will help you continue to make improvements to your life.”