Bracknell 'pest' jailed for two year and eight monthsBy Becky Barnes
November 13, 2012
Three burglars who attacked a vulnerable man, ransacked his home and racially abused his carer have been jailed.
Prolific offender and ‘pest’ Dean Wilkins, of Coppice Green; Paul Richmond, of Kelvin Gate; and Robert Lemmon, of Rainforest Walk, all 21, were sentenced on Friday, November 2.
Reading Crown Court, sitting at Reading Magistrates Court, heard the men visited the home of Jed Wesolowski in Fordwells Drive, Winkfield, claiming he owed them £30, on December 28 last year.
After the situation calmed down the four men drank ‘the best part of a bottle of whisky’ and cans of beer with Mr Wesolowski, who has Asperger syndrome, before he left to visit a friend.
The visitors were introduced ‘amicably’ to their host’s round-the-clock carer Christelle Foucault before they also left.
However, the men then smashed the back door with a rock and raided his home.
The court heard a neighbour alerted Mr Wesolowski, who was assaulted by Wilkins and Richmond when he returned to his house, and Wilkins racially abused Miss Foucault.
The men made off with DVDs, a PlayStation 3, cash and a mobile phone, which were later recovered, but the victim’s ‘treasured’ games console was broken.
They were later arrested and charged.
Judge Ian Grainger, sentencing, said the men ransacked the home, kicking the door to the carer’s room so violently that it smashed in two and was almost off its hinges.
Andrew Hobson, defending Richmond and Wilkins, asked for credit because they had not put the victims through a ‘traumatic trial’ and for their early guilty pleas.
He said Wilkins was ‘a complete pest to the residents of Bracknell for quite a long time’ and would need to be ‘kept in check’, but asked for shorter terms for both men so they did not become institutionalised or fall in with the ‘wrong type’.
Wilkins has 27 convictions for 45 offences including wounding, criminal damage, common assault, burglaries, car thefts and thefts, dating back to when he was 14.
He added Richmond, who has six previous convictions including shoplifting, ABH, criminal damage and theft, was ‘an immature, easily-led 21-year-old’, who had moved prisons because he had been bullied and had committed crimes to feed his MKat addiction, but was ‘beginning to show signs of change’.
Sarah Selby, defending Lemmon, said he was ‘incredibly withdrawn’ with pre-existing mental health issues plus a serious head injury sustained during the burglary.
She said he needed help, not more time in jail.
The court heard Lemmon, who has 11 previous convictions for 14 offences including ABH, non-domestic burglaries, shoplifting and vehicle taking, had made two recent suicide attempts and had self-harmed in jail.
Richmond was jailed for one year and eight months after admitting burglary and common assault and for breaching a suspended sentence.
Wilkins was sentenced to two years and eight months after admitting burglary, racially-aggravated harassment and common assault.
Lemmon, who denied the charges, was jailed for two years after being convicted of burglary and for breaching a suspended sentence on Wednesday, September 5.
All three will all serve half the term in jail and half on licence.