Burglar James Bowen jailed after targeting pensioners in South Ham

Basingstoke Gazette: James Bowen James Bowen

A BURGLAR has been jailed for three years after he broke into sheltered housing in Basingstoke while his victims were at home.

James Bowen burgled the homes of Rozanna Allen, 79, and retired Michael McCartney, in Balmoral Court, South Ham, on August 17 and September 30 last year respectively.

Both victims were at home at the time of the burglaries, and while Miss Allen did not hear Bowen, Mr McCartney woke and saw him running out of his front door.

Bowen, 22, appeared in the dock at Winchester Crown Court having admitted two counts of burglary and one of fraud at a previous hearing.

Matthew Lawson, prosecuting, said Miss Allen had left her handbag and purse hanging on her bathroom door, only to realise it had been stolen 24 hours later.

Inside the purse was £10 and her bank card, on the back of which she had written her pin code. A total of £500 was taken from two visits to cash machines by Bowen shortly after the burglary.

Bowen stole a mobile phone and an empty wallet from Mr McCartney’s home, the court heard.

Mr Lawson said: “The defendant was identified through CCTV, showing him using the cashpoint to withdraw money. Officers found that the defendant’s phone had been used with the sim card stolen from Mr McCartney’s property.”

Aleks Lloyd, defending, said Bowen, who has previous convictions, had always claimed that he did not know who was in the flats at the time, and there was no evidence that he had deliberately targeted a sheltered housing complex – a claim rejected by Judge Keith Cutler.

Jailing Bowen, of no fixed abode, for a total of three years, the judge said: “I’m sure you do understand how upsetting and concerning, and distressing, it is for someone to know that you have been in their home.”

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4:24pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Upontheroof says...

Just 3 years?

Way too lenient ....
Just 3 years? Way too lenient .... Upontheroof
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11:29pm Wed 23 Apr 14

gazettey says...

Scum
Scum gazettey
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11:59pm Wed 23 Apr 14

kiz.bartlett says...

"previous convictions".

You need to question if he will actually learn from his mistakes and make a difference, instead of taking the easy road out and making other peoples lives a misery.
"previous convictions". You need to question if he will actually learn from his mistakes and make a difference, instead of taking the easy road out and making other peoples lives a misery. kiz.bartlett
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9:11pm Thu 24 Apr 14

ELLIS17 says...

At least seven years would have been more appropriate and yes a very good point will he learn from his past mistakes and will there be any attempts made to get him to change his ways whilst he`s in prison?
At least seven years would have been more appropriate and yes a very good point will he learn from his past mistakes and will there be any attempts made to get him to change his ways whilst he`s in prison? ELLIS17
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6:29pm Sun 27 Apr 14

purple-ferret says...

Upontheroof wrote:
Just 3 years?

Way too lenient ....
He will be out in a lot less than 3 years!
[quote][p][bold]Upontheroof[/bold] wrote: Just 3 years? Way too lenient ....[/p][/quote]He will be out in a lot less than 3 years! purple-ferret
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