Sea Life burglar says he is sorry

Sea Life Centre
Sea Life Centre

A TEENAGER who broke into a kiosk and stole soft drinks from the Sea Life Centre has told Scarborough Youth Court that he was “truly sorry” and regretted what he had done.

The 16-year-old Scarborough youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to the break-in at yesterday’s hearing.

Katy Varlow, prosecuting, said that the defendant broke into the kiosk on the day of the Royal Wedding – Friday April 29 – and he was with someone else at the time of the incident.

She added that they were caught on CCTV and, when the images were circulated he handed himself in immediately. “He confessed to the burglary and stealing £40 in cash and £10 worth of drinks,” she said.

Shaun Greenan, mitigating, said his client apologised for his “stupid actions”.

He added: “He was in company with another man older than himself. They jumped over the fence and knocked the bolt off the kiosk. It was clear there was no preparation or thought over this. He can’t understand why he did it because he didn’t need the money.”

Mr Greenan said that the pair were caught on CCTV and the images were circulated in a media appeal.

He said: “As soon as he realised he was wanted he handed himself in. This is the first time he’s appeared before the court.”

He said that his client had broken into the kiosk and not the main part of the Sea Life Centre. He added: “The family have been in this area for around 13 or 14 months. He has just completed his exams and has now left school. He is not sure what the future holds for him.”

Mr Greenan said that his client, who is from the north side of Scarborough, had felt such regret at his actions that he wanted to make a public apology through the local media but he was advised against taking such a step because of his age.

When magistrates gave the defendant the opportunity to speak he said his mother had been devastated by what he had done. He said: “She has grounded me and taken my phone off me.”

His mother, who stood with him at the hearing, said that his behaviour had been good since the incident. She said: “He’s helped me around the house a lot more. I think he’s learned his lesson. I don’t know what to do with him but I am hoping he’ll improve.”

He was given a three-month referral order and ordered to pay £50 in compensation for the cash and soft drinks which were stolen from the kiosk.

As part of the referral order he will work with members of the Youth Justice Service to carry out a number of agreed activities which will be outlined in a signed contract.

The time period for the order is due to begin once the terms of the contract has been agreed.

After he was sentenced the defendant asked to speak and said: “I am truly sorry to all of the public and people that have been offended by what I have done.”