A 23-year-old East Cowes man broke into a forecourt shop to steal cigarettes and a drink as he was ‘bored’, the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court heard today (Tuesday).
Damon Wilkins, of Old Road in East Cowes, was walking past Northwood Garage on the other side of the River Medina during the early hours of 28th May.
The court heard that he was ‘bored’ and decided he would rob the garage shop, taking cigarettes and a drink – despite being a non-smoker.
Ann Smout, prosecuting, detailed that Police were called to the business premises at 02:15 on the 28th when a burglar alarm was tripped. Officers arrived to find a window smashed, but no suspect.
The burglar was only caught when he presented himself at St Mary’s Hospital some 3 hours later with cuts to his arms. It is at the hospital that he admitted to a nurse that he had broken into the garage in Cowes. The hospital in turn alerted Hampshire Constabulary.
In interview, Wilkins – accompanied by an appropriate adult – admitted to punching the glass until it broke. He pleaded guilty at the first opportunity to a single charge of burglary other than dwelling with intent to steal at Tuesday’s court hearing.
Defending, Oscar Vincent said his client is extremely vulnerable and suffers from severe learning difficulties as a result of his brain not developing fully.
Mr Vincent explained to the court that on the day of the incident it was one of the first times his client had been outside unaccompanied since the COVID pandemic hit, having spent around 2 years indoors. It was also explained that the matter was a one-off incident and came at the same time that Wilkins had stopped taking medication.
Taking into account the representations made, Magistrates fined Wilkins £80 and ordered him to pay £543 compensation, £85 costs and a £34 surcharge.
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