"A despicable crime" - burglar who targeted woman in her 80s is jailed for four years

Bournemouth Echo: "A despicable crime" - burglar who targeted woman in her 80s is jailed for four years "A despicable crime" - burglar who targeted woman in her 80s is jailed for four years

A WIMBORNE man has been jailed for four years following a burglary in Strouden Park, Bournemouth.

John William Turner, 49, was convicted and sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court for the offence at Mount Pleasant Drive.

The court heard evidence that Turner attended the property and demanded money from a woman in her 80s for fictitious gardening work.

A vigilant bystander witnessed the event and took the registration number of a nearby van, which was linked to the defendant.

Detective Inspector Andrew Dilworth, of Dorset Police’s Priority Crime Team, said: “This was a despicable crime whereby Turner targeted an elderly victim and sought to distract and steal from her.

“A good witness account helped to identify him – I hope that the knowledge that this offender is now behind bars, will bring some comfort and reassurance to the victim.

“The sentence reflects the serious way in which such offences are viewed by the courts.

“It will always be a priority for Dorset Police to investigate and detect these offences and bring those responsible for them to justice.”

The CPS prosecutor in the case was Megan Topliss.

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9:07am Wed 29 Jan 14

we-shall-see says...

What a horrible person. I sincerely hope when he is old and infirm, that someone just like him will come knocking at the door to do the same to him.

Thank goodness for a vigilant witness. Far too many people turn away and "don't want to get involved" these days. Very sad
What a horrible person. I sincerely hope when he is old and infirm, that someone just like him will come knocking at the door to do the same to him. Thank goodness for a vigilant witness. Far too many people turn away and "don't want to get involved" these days. Very sad we-shall-see

9:20am Wed 29 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Well done all concerned,its not the first time he has caught elderly people in that area,he is a nasty bit of work.The vigilante witness deserves a reward.it is time the public stopped "turning a blind eye".
Well done all concerned,its not the first time he has caught elderly people in that area,he is a nasty bit of work.The vigilante witness deserves a reward.it is time the public stopped "turning a blind eye". pete woodley

10:45am Wed 29 Jan 14

ASM says...

nice to see a judge give a fit and proper sentence
nice to see a judge give a fit and proper sentence ASM

12:01pm Wed 29 Jan 14

misplacedspaniard says...

we-shall-see wrote:
What a horrible person. I sincerely hope when he is old and infirm, that someone just like him will come knocking at the door to do the same to him.

Thank goodness for a vigilant witness. Far too many people turn away and "don't want to get involved" these days. Very sad
Hopefully he won't get old
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: What a horrible person. I sincerely hope when he is old and infirm, that someone just like him will come knocking at the door to do the same to him. Thank goodness for a vigilant witness. Far too many people turn away and "don't want to get involved" these days. Very sad[/p][/quote]Hopefully he won't get old misplacedspaniard

3:34pm Wed 29 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

pete woodley wrote:
Well done all concerned,its not the first time he has caught elderly people in that area,he is a nasty bit of work.The vigilante witness deserves a reward.it is time the public stopped "turning a blind eye".
I just hope there are no retributions for the witness - I recognise his face - I think he is one of the travelling community...........
do you think he has a grandmother and what would he do if somebody treated his grandmother like that???!!!
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Well done all concerned,its not the first time he has caught elderly people in that area,he is a nasty bit of work.The vigilante witness deserves a reward.it is time the public stopped "turning a blind eye".[/p][/quote]I just hope there are no retributions for the witness - I recognise his face - I think he is one of the travelling community........... do you think he has a grandmother and what would he do if somebody treated his grandmother like that???!!! suzigirl

5:49pm Wed 29 Jan 14

simcal says...

suzigirl wrote:
pete woodley wrote: Well done all concerned,its not the first time he has caught elderly people in that area,he is a nasty bit of work.The vigilante witness deserves a reward.it is time the public stopped "turning a blind eye".
I just hope there are no retributions for the witness - I recognise his face - I think he is one of the travelling community........... do you think he has a grandmother and what would he do if somebody treated his grandmother like that???!!!
Why do you bring travellers into it? Do you know for sure? I doubt it but hey blame them anyway!
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Well done all concerned,its not the first time he has caught elderly people in that area,he is a nasty bit of work.The vigilante witness deserves a reward.it is time the public stopped "turning a blind eye".[/p][/quote]I just hope there are no retributions for the witness - I recognise his face - I think he is one of the travelling community........... do you think he has a grandmother and what would he do if somebody treated his grandmother like that???!!![/p][/quote]Why do you bring travellers into it? Do you know for sure? I doubt it but hey blame them anyway! simcal

8:39pm Wed 29 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

simcal wrote:
suzigirl wrote:
pete woodley wrote: Well done all concerned,its not the first time he has caught elderly people in that area,he is a nasty bit of work.The vigilante witness deserves a reward.it is time the public stopped "turning a blind eye".
I just hope there are no retributions for the witness - I recognise his face - I think he is one of the travelling community........... do you think he has a grandmother and what would he do if somebody treated his grandmother like that???!!!
Why do you bring travellers into it? Do you know for sure? I doubt it but hey blame them anyway!
If it said he was plumber on his NI card she would have been recognized him as. Plumber,a proud profession.However if it say,s traveller General dealer. Gardener another proud profession.she chose to recognize him for what h is ,a proud member of the travelling community.surely he is proud of something other than Beng a coward.
[quote][p][bold]simcal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Well done all concerned,its not the first time he has caught elderly people in that area,he is a nasty bit of work.The vigilante witness deserves a reward.it is time the public stopped "turning a blind eye".[/p][/quote]I just hope there are no retributions for the witness - I recognise his face - I think he is one of the travelling community........... do you think he has a grandmother and what would he do if somebody treated his grandmother like that???!!![/p][/quote]Why do you bring travellers into it? Do you know for sure? I doubt it but hey blame them anyway![/p][/quote]If it said he was plumber on his NI card she would have been recognized him as. Plumber,a proud profession.However if it say,s traveller General dealer. Gardener another proud profession.she chose to recognize him for what h is ,a proud member of the travelling community.surely he is proud of something other than Beng a coward. kalebmoledirt

3:57pm Sat 1 Feb 14

downmoor-ch63 says...

suzigirl wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Well done all concerned,its not the first time he has caught elderly people in that area,he is a nasty bit of work.The vigilante witness deserves a reward.it is time the public stopped "turning a blind eye".
I just hope there are no retributions for the witness - I recognise his face - I think he is one of the travelling community...........

do you think he has a grandmother and what would he do if somebody treated his grandmother like that???!!!
They could have had his van crushed at the same time!.
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Well done all concerned,its not the first time he has caught elderly people in that area,he is a nasty bit of work.The vigilante witness deserves a reward.it is time the public stopped "turning a blind eye".[/p][/quote]I just hope there are no retributions for the witness - I recognise his face - I think he is one of the travelling community........... do you think he has a grandmother and what would he do if somebody treated his grandmother like that???!!![/p][/quote]They could have had his van crushed at the same time!. downmoor-ch63

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