Scunthorpe burglar stole jewellery in revenge act
A MAN took revenge after an argument in a pub by breaking into a woman's home and stealing her jewellery before throwing it in a river, a court heard.
Stefan Stewart, 45, of Quebec View Crescent, Scunthorpe, admitted burglary on August 20.
James Byatt, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court the occupier of a house in Caenby Road, Scunthorpe, returned to find a glass door panel smashed. Jewellery, including three gold rings, a bracelet, locket and three pairs of earrings, together valued at £140, had been stolen. Damage estimated at £200 had been caused.
Stewart was traced from a fingerprint on the glass.
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Edward Bindloss, mitigating, said Stewart had been arguing with the occupier earlier but it was "totally out of proportion" to burgle her home. He later threw her jewellery in a river.
"It was a particularly mean and nasty thing to do," said Mr Bindloss.
He said Stewart had not committed a burglary since 1986 or been in prison since 1988 and had not committed any offences since 2000.
Stewart was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence, one-year supervision order, a 16-week 8pm to 6am curfew and was ordered to pay £240 compensation.