After 1 hour absence man finds Romanians had moved into his home.

Posted: March 23, 2010 in Law & Disorder

A householder returned home after forgetting his wallet only to discover a Romanian immigrant couple with a child had broken in through a window and were rummaging around his home.

IlieMihai and Laura Dediu told the homeowner they were moving into his two-bedroom house because they had heard it was empty. The homeowner is thought to have left the house for no more than an hour.

The judge dealing with the case was incredulous at the details unfolded at Northampton Crown Court.

‘The owner comes back at 5pm and there’s an unknown car parked in his drive and the lights to the house are on,’ Judge Richard Bray told the court. ‘He goes in and finds these two defendants and, wait for it, a young child.
‘When challenged, the defendants say they own the property and are just moving in and that the male defendant was going to alter the locks as part of that process.’

Sentencing the Dedius to 100 hours’ community service with a 12-month community order, he added: ‘This is a bizarre case. I must be the most experienced person in this building for burglary and in 26 years I cannot remember a case where burglars have taken a young child with them to carry out the burglary. I really can’t.’

Dediu, 30, and his 24-year-old wife admitted criminal damage to windows and locks while forcing their way in to the house in Northampton on December 7 last year.

The pair said a Romanian man they met in a shop told them they could squat in the house because it was empty, the court heard.

Michael Waterfield, prosecuting, said: ‘It may have been that’s what the defendants were told, but once they got into the house they would certainly have realised it was still occupied. They were taking clothes from the cupboards.’

A burglary charge, which carries a maximum jail sentence of 14 years, was dropped because the pair claimed they never intended to steal. Oh well, if they said so it must be true!

They moved to Britain three years ago and rent a two-bedroom flat with daughters Rebecca, eight, and Denisa, two, half a mile from the £150,000 home they broke into.

Last night Dediu, a builder earning £8,000 a year, said: ‘I met a man in the shop and he said this house was empty. I was not earning much money and we were paying £450 a month rent. I got into the house and started to tidy up. It did not look as if anybody was living there.’

‘A man in a shop’ said it was empty, with so many pub closures the ‘man in a pub’ excuse obviously is out of vogue these days. Earning £8,000 a year, two kids, running a car, paying £450 a month rent – surely they would be getting housing benefit – oh come on! Locked door, broken window (see picture), that’s breaking and entering in anyone’s language.

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Comments
  1. Unbelieveable…what the hell next!

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