'Good Samaritan' burglar raided home of pensioner hurt in fall in Grimsby
BURGLAR Carl Walker pretended to be a Good Samaritan to a pensioner who fell in the street on Christmas Eve – but, instead, ransacked her home.
Walker, 35, of Garibaldi House, Grimsby, was locked up for two years for the burglary of Raymond and Barbara Wilson's home.
Grimsby Crown Court heard that Barbara, 68, fell in the street near her home in Petchell Way after going out to celebrate her husband Raymond's 75th birthday on December 24.
Walker, who was passing by, offered to help Mr Wilson as he struggled to get his wife back on her feet at around 12.50am and, subsequently, to get her into an ambulance. He then offered to check their home was locked up securely while Mr Wilson accompanied his wife to the hospital, but after the trusting pensioner handed over the keys, Walker let himself in and helped himself to their things. Luckily, an eagle-eyed neighbour saw Walker and accomplice later taking items out of the home and wiping his fingerprints from the handle of the pensioners' door.
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Among the items stolen were a 19in Samsung TV, a mobile phone, socks, toiletries and bottles of alcohol.
However, minutes after he returned to the address, the police arrived and discovered Walker hiding behind a curtain and the house ransacked, with the contents of drawers and wardrobes strewn throughout the property.
He was found to be carrying a torch and a Stanley knife. His accomplice was not traced.
Walker, who had 54 previous convictions including several for burglary, admitted the offence on Christmas Eve and also an offence of possessing a bladed article.
He received two years for the burglary and three months for the knife offence which will run concurrently.
Sentencing Walker at Grimsby Crown Court, Judge Mark Bury said it was a "disgraceful and mean" offence which was committed while he was on a community order for a previous offence.
"You have a bad record for burglary, no doubt to feed a chronic drug habit.
"You approached as a Good Samaritan and were then given the keys to the house. It was a disgraceful burglary."
For Walker, Richard Hackfath said his client accepted it was a "nasty and mean offence".
He said his client was remorseful and ashamed.
The solicitor said he suffered an underlying drug problem over many years.
After the hearing, Mr Wilson said: "He deserves what he got. I am glad he got locked up. We thought he was helping us but he was just helping himself. We are both just trying to get over it and put it in the past."