Man jailed after breaking into parents' home to steal jewellery

Man jailed after breaking into parents' home to steal jewellery

by Tom Martin (May 2022)

A PERSISTENT offender breached a restraining order for the ninth time by breaking into his parent’s home.

Stuart Cornmell, 31, was banned from going to their home in Peter Mahon Way, Bootle, “due to a previous domestic incident” and the order also barred him from contacting his parents.

But on the afternoon of June 18 last year a neighbour saw Cornmell trying the door handle of the family home, said Paul Blasbery, prosecuting.

“He was then seen to climb through a first floor bedroom window and after about two minutes he was seen to leave out of the front door.

“He returned 20 minutes later to the premises and entered them via a first floor window and remained about two minutes before leaving.”

When his parents’ granddaughter arrived she found her bedroom window open and £50 was missing.

Cornmell’s father, Stuart snr, later realised a gold bracelet worth £400 was missing from a bedside drawer and also a crate of beer had been stolen.

“He did not report it because he did not want to get his son in trouble,” said Mr Blasbery.

His family felt that “he gets worse when he gets out of prison.”

“On July 1 his mum contacted him to arrange to provide him with his Universal Credit money. She told him he would not get it unless they got the bracelet back.

“He denied taking the items but then admitted stealing from the house and said he would give her the slip to get it back from a pawn brokers in the New Strand.”

They met the next day but he did not have the slip and she refused to hand over the money. “He became angry and as a result he was reported to the police.”

Mr Blasbery said that 31-year-old Cornmell was located on July 8 and when interviewed he denied the offences and also denied having been in the area.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that his 22 previous convictions include eight breaches of the non-molestation order made in March 2017 and the day after the burglary he committed a robbery.

He is currently serving 45 months for that robbery with a release date in August next year.

But a judge today (Tue) put that date back by imposing a 12 month prison sentence to run consecutively.

Judge Garrett Byrne told Cornmell, who pleaded guilty to burglary and breaching the restraining order, that his counsel said “you are a changed man. I certainly hope so.”

Daniel Bramhall, defending, said, “He accepts there is no excuse for what he has done.”

He said that Cornmell had lost his grandfather, to whom he was close, a week earlier and he was in a bad state. 

“He was homeless and said at that point he no longer wished to live. It was during that time he was smoking Class A drugs and taking Spice and his mental state was in a poor situation.”

Mr Bramhall said that the defendant has used his time in custody productively and “is a completely different person and has used the opportunity to get off drugs which have blighted his life for some time.”

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