Teenager jailed over theft of gold coins

Dorset Echo: Leslie Dennis Marsh Leslie Dennis Marsh

A TEENAGER has been jailed after stealing thousands of pounds-worth of gold coins.

Leslie Dennis Marsh, 19, admitted a single charge of burglary.

Dorchester Crown Court heard that Marsh broke into a house in Winfrith Newburgh and took 33 Krugerrands, South African gold coins, worth £23,760.

Prosecutor Rob Welling said: “He left his home address, which at the time was in Boscombe, and travelled 20 miles to the victim’s home.

“It’s clear that Marsh knew he would be out and knew what he was looking for.

“In a briefcase in a wardrobe he found the Krugerrands.”

He attempted to exchange them for cash the day after the burglary at a jewellery store, the court heard, but staff raised the alarm and Marsh was arrested by police.

Mr Welling added: “He was told that they would pay only by cheque or bank transfer.

“Credit is due to the owner as they felt there was something very wrong about him, and they stalled him and called the police.”

Mr Welling told the court Marsh, of New Borough in Wimborne, ‘ransacked’ the victim’s house and broke a door to gain entry.

In mitigation, Nigel Mitchell said any burglary offence would lead to breaking a door or a window to gain entry.

He added: “It’s obvious that a young man such as he has clearly been put up to this.

“Ringing up the jeweller’s and saying what he had was bound to ring alarm bells.

“He is young, inexperienced, and perhaps naive.”

The items had been fully recovered by police, Mr Mitchell said.

Giving Marsh credit for his early guilty plea, Judge Roger Jarvis sentenced him to 20 months in jail.

He noted that it is the third occasion the defendant has been before the courts on matters of burglary and said Marsh had not complied with supervision app-ointments while the pre-sentence report was being prepared.

He added: “That does not give me confidence that you truly understand the serious position you are in.”

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8:27am Wed 9 Apr 14

cosmick says...

A chance now to put his life in order.
A chance now to put his life in order. cosmick
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9:15am Wed 9 Apr 14

common cence says...

cosmick wrote:
A chance now to put his life in order.
To many chances for scum like this , should have at least 10 years this is the THIRD time,
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: A chance now to put his life in order.[/p][/quote]To many chances for scum like this , should have at least 10 years this is the THIRD time, common cence
  • Score: 11

10:34am Wed 9 Apr 14

westbaywonder says...

Off to London with those Sir, All done and stum.
All the Gear and no idea!
Off to London with those Sir, All done and stum. All the Gear and no idea! westbaywonder
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3:09pm Wed 9 Apr 14

woodsedge says...

Won't be long until Sigturd will be along to say that "oh he is misunderstood, it's his mothers fault blah, blah". Not exactly his first offence and he needs to learn a valuable lesson, let's hope prison gives it to him.
Won't be long until Sigturd will be along to say that "oh he is misunderstood, it's his mothers fault blah, blah". Not exactly his first offence and he needs to learn a valuable lesson, let's hope prison gives it to him. woodsedge
  • Score: 4

9:05pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Micke12 says...

woodsedge wrote:
Won't be long until Sigturd will be along to say that "oh he is misunderstood, it's his mothers fault blah, blah". Not exactly his first offence and he needs to learn a valuable lesson, let's hope prison gives it to him.
Think you got the idea of going to prison wrong - Prison's are really holiday camps with great security staff. In cell TV, 3 good meals per day and personal door keepers, and on top of all that, the residents get paid for being there.

Does that sound like being in prison or being in a holiday camp??????
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: Won't be long until Sigturd will be along to say that "oh he is misunderstood, it's his mothers fault blah, blah". Not exactly his first offence and he needs to learn a valuable lesson, let's hope prison gives it to him.[/p][/quote]Think you got the idea of going to prison wrong - Prison's are really holiday camps with great security staff. In cell TV, 3 good meals per day and personal door keepers, and on top of all that, the residents get paid for being there. Does that sound like being in prison or being in a holiday camp?????? Micke12
  • Score: -3

9:42pm Wed 9 Apr 14

woodsedge says...

Micke12 wrote:
woodsedge wrote:
Won't be long until Sigturd will be along to say that "oh he is misunderstood, it's his mothers fault blah, blah". Not exactly his first offence and he needs to learn a valuable lesson, let's hope prison gives it to him.
Think you got the idea of going to prison wrong - Prison's are really holiday camps with great security staff. In cell TV, 3 good meals per day and personal door keepers, and on top of all that, the residents get paid for being there.

Does that sound like being in prison or being in a holiday camp??????
I agree that prison should be tougher with no early release, but at least this low life is off the streets and not recommitting.
[quote][p][bold]Micke12[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: Won't be long until Sigturd will be along to say that "oh he is misunderstood, it's his mothers fault blah, blah". Not exactly his first offence and he needs to learn a valuable lesson, let's hope prison gives it to him.[/p][/quote]Think you got the idea of going to prison wrong - Prison's are really holiday camps with great security staff. In cell TV, 3 good meals per day and personal door keepers, and on top of all that, the residents get paid for being there. Does that sound like being in prison or being in a holiday camp??????[/p][/quote]I agree that prison should be tougher with no early release, but at least this low life is off the streets and not recommitting. woodsedge
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