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Criminal told to pay £1 fine
A BURGLAR who ransacked a family home, making off with thousands of pounds worth of jewellery, has been ordered to pay back £1.
Walter Connors walked free from court in July after a judge decided not to jail him for his part in the raid.
Now, despite the court ruling, the 22-year-old benefitted from crime to the tune of £10,000 and he has been ordered to hand over the nominal amount.
Judge Euan Ambrose, sitting at Swindon Crown Court, gave him a week to pay or face a seven-day jail term.
Should he come into money in the future he could be pursued by the authorities for the other £9,999.
He was put on a suspended sentence earlier this year after a judge heard his partner was pregnant and he was sorry for what he had done.
Connors had come to Swindon from his home in South Wales claiming he was putting leaflets through doors for his work as a landscape gardener.
But while in Sparcells on Monday, March 4, he took part in a raid on a detached house.
All of the drawers were pulled out in each of the rooms and the wardrobes were emptied as he searched for things to steal.
The occupants had left their home on Ryan Close at about 8.30am and when the occupant got home after work she noticed the front door open.
She initially thought one of her children must not have shut it properly but as she went in it was plain they had been burgled.
The living room was a mess, with the sofas moved and drawers emptied on the floor, and upstairs, all three bedrooms were in a similar state.
All of the jewellery boxes had also been emptied and been left strewn about the rooms.
The burglars had got in by smashing a dining room window with a large pebble, which was found inside and had not come from the garden.
Screwdriver marks were also found on a conservatory window where the raiders had earlier tried to get in without success.
Spots of blood were found close to the window and these were traced back to the defendant, who had his DNA taken when he was cautioned for a theft in 2009.
Connors, of Cardiff, pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary and insisted the two men he was with had offered him £40 to help them.
Recorder Richard Smith QC said the offence was “mean and despicable” but put him on a one year suspended sentence with 50 hours of unpaid work.