A plasterer, armed with a sledgehammer, who believed his tools had been stolen, has recently been found guilty after breaking into a Carmarthenshire home. On the 8th of August last year, plasterer David Peter John Robinson forcefully entered the home of someone who he believed had stolen his tools.
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However, the occupant of the house had not stolen his tools and was shocked to see Mr Robinson breaking down his door wielding a sledge hammer.
The prosecutor described: “The occupant was at home at 2.50pm when they heard loud a bang on the door and that thumping continued.”
“At the top of the stairs the occupant suddenly saw their front door fly open and the defendant came into the house holding a sledgehammer.”
The defence added: “The reason for this incident is that my client believed his personal affects had been stolen by the complainant.”
“My client suffers from diabetes and that can affect his behaviour in situations.”
“He also suffers from bipolar and heightened anxiety.”
Mr Robinson pleaded guilty to his crime and was handed twenty-five hours rehabilitation activity over 12 months. He was also fined £160 and ordered to pay £85 in court costs. There was also a victim surcharge of £85 and a destruction order for the sledgehammer.
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