Burglar who told homeowner he was ‘looking for phone charger’ during break-in is locked up

Bournemouth Echo: NICKED: Burglar Phillip Campbell Morrison NICKED: Burglar Phillip Campbell Morrison

A STARTLED burglar who told his victim that he was in her house looking for a phone charger has been locked up.

Phillip Campbell Morrison, of St Swithuns Road in Bourne-mouth, blurted: “I need a charger for my phone” when confronted by a homeowner mid-way through a burglary.

But a neighbour had overheard the 20-year-old and an acc-omplice discussing their plans and contacted police officers, who promptly arrived and arrested him.

Morrison admitted the charge at Bournemouth Crown Court, where he was sentenced to 16 months in a young offender institution on Thursday.

Tom Wright, prosecuting, said the defendant’s co-conspirator, who was the first into the house in Corporation Road on April 13 this year, has not been caught.

“A neighbour saw two men loitering in the street outside,” he said.

“She overheard a conversation between them in which the second man indicated to this defendant that he had seen the lady living at this address leaving, and that she sometimes left the back window open.”

The neighbour then went to the back of her house, where she observed the second man climbing in through the kitchen window.

Morrison later followed him, but was caught when the homeowner – who was inside the property at the time – heard them making a noise.

Although his accomplice fled, the defendant was caught red-handed.

“He tried to come up with an explanation for his presence,” Mr Wright said.

Officers found an iPad in Morrison’s rucksack, which had been stolen from the house.

Mitigating, Nick Robinson said: “This is someone who committed an offence purely because he was homeless and in the wrong crowd.

“He allowed himself to be led astray.”

He said Morrison, who has a stutter, had been targeted by other inmates while in custody.

“He misuses cannabis,” Mr Robinson said.

“He has used his time in custody to focus his mind on the potential he has and the need to channel that into more constructive uses.”

Judge John Harrow said Morrison is “not unintelligent”, adding the victim must have been “disturbed and frightened” after confronting him.

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5:39am Mon 19 May 14

misplacedspaniard says...

Just chop his hands off a tattoo 'thief' across his forehead.

At least we all know what the piece of filth looks like.
Just chop his hands off a tattoo 'thief' across his forehead. At least we all know what the piece of filth looks like. misplacedspaniard
  • Score: 7

7:24am Mon 19 May 14

rudestickers says...

Why a young offenders institution???? 20 years old........... Prison is where this loser should be.
Why a young offenders institution???? 20 years old........... Prison is where this loser should be. rudestickers
  • Score: 26

7:28am Mon 19 May 14

Lord Spring says...

How these lawyers can stand up in court and give these tales of mitigating circumstances is beyond me.

They would be better off writing comedy scripts for TV, not financially though.
How these lawyers can stand up in court and give these tales of mitigating circumstances is beyond me. They would be better off writing comedy scripts for TV, not financially though. Lord Spring
  • Score: 24

7:34am Mon 19 May 14

Sir Retry69 says...

Lord Spring wrote:
How these lawyers can stand up in court and give these tales of mitigating circumstances is beyond me.

They would be better off writing comedy scripts for TV, not financially though.
Morning m'lud or even writing for the political parties :)
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: How these lawyers can stand up in court and give these tales of mitigating circumstances is beyond me. They would be better off writing comedy scripts for TV, not financially though.[/p][/quote]Morning m'lud or even writing for the political parties :) Sir Retry69
  • Score: 3

7:43am Mon 19 May 14

MMM444 says...

Pin head in a parka, scabby little toerag needs dividing into four
Pin head in a parka, scabby little toerag needs dividing into four MMM444
  • Score: 15

8:19am Mon 19 May 14

Tripod says...

rudestickers wrote:
Why a young offenders institution???? 20 years old........... Prison is where this loser should be.
You should know by now, in this Country you don't go to Prison unless you have committed at least 1 Murder, even then you are allowed to wander in and out as you please; you only get "Locked-in" when it's for your safety, not for the safety of the public! ;-)
[quote][p][bold]rudestickers[/bold] wrote: Why a young offenders institution???? 20 years old........... Prison is where this loser should be.[/p][/quote]You should know by now, in this Country you don't go to Prison unless you have committed at least 1 Murder, even then you are allowed to wander in and out as you please; you only get "Locked-in" when it's for your safety, not for the safety of the public! ;-) Tripod
  • Score: 12

9:09am Mon 19 May 14

Wilkie says...

Presumably, his lawyers admission that his client used cannabis led to an increase in the sentence as, last time a checked, this is also illegal.
Presumably, his lawyers admission that his client used cannabis led to an increase in the sentence as, last time a checked, this is also illegal. Wilkie
  • Score: 9

9:47am Mon 19 May 14

chunka89 says...

rudestickers wrote:
Why a young offenders institution???? 20 years old........... Prison is where this loser should be.
Need to be 21 years & 10 months to go to adult prison. Not that it would matter anyway he'll only server half his sentence and maybe even less if he's good. British justice system is a joke anyway - I've seen child molesters get less time than this - Judges in Bournemouth don't have their priorities right!
[quote][p][bold]rudestickers[/bold] wrote: Why a young offenders institution???? 20 years old........... Prison is where this loser should be.[/p][/quote]Need to be 21 years & 10 months to go to adult prison. Not that it would matter anyway he'll only server half his sentence and maybe even less if he's good. British justice system is a joke anyway - I've seen child molesters get less time than this - Judges in Bournemouth don't have their priorities right! chunka89
  • Score: 10

9:58am Mon 19 May 14

nothingtofear says...

Lord Spring wrote:
How these lawyers can stand up in court and give these tales of mitigating circumstances is beyond me.

They would be better off writing comedy scripts for TV, not financially though.
Agreed Lord Spring. That Nick Robinson could find mitigating circumstances for the offences committed by Peter Sutcliffe.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: How these lawyers can stand up in court and give these tales of mitigating circumstances is beyond me. They would be better off writing comedy scripts for TV, not financially though.[/p][/quote]Agreed Lord Spring. That Nick Robinson could find mitigating circumstances for the offences committed by Peter Sutcliffe. nothingtofear
  • Score: 2

10:22am Mon 19 May 14

smhinto says...

He is as thick as two short planks and should be publically 'filleted' with his remains strung up ina 'Gibbett'.
He is as thick as two short planks and should be publically 'filleted' with his remains strung up ina 'Gibbett'. smhinto
  • Score: 1

10:27am Mon 19 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

misplacedspaniard wrote:
Just chop his hands off a tattoo 'thief' across his forehead.

At least we all know what the piece of filth looks like.
Is that what they do in Spain?
[quote][p][bold]misplacedspaniard[/bold] wrote: Just chop his hands off a tattoo 'thief' across his forehead. At least we all know what the piece of filth looks like.[/p][/quote]Is that what they do in Spain? Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 5

11:09am Mon 19 May 14

BH1 loyal says...

misplacedspaniard wrote:
Just chop his hands off a tattoo 'thief' across his forehead.

At least we all know what the piece of filth looks like.
Interesting twist on sharia law the tattoo.
[quote][p][bold]misplacedspaniard[/bold] wrote: Just chop his hands off a tattoo 'thief' across his forehead. At least we all know what the piece of filth looks like.[/p][/quote]Interesting twist on sharia law the tattoo. BH1 loyal
  • Score: 3

12:46pm Mon 19 May 14

Depeche Dave says...

“He misuses cannabis,” Mr Robinson said.
What a classic line,
So what would be the correct use of cannabis then Mr Robinson?
“He misuses cannabis,” Mr Robinson said. What a classic line, So what would be the correct use of cannabis then Mr Robinson? Depeche Dave
  • Score: 11

12:59pm Mon 19 May 14

Bob49 says...

Lord Spring wrote:
How these lawyers can stand up in court and give these tales of mitigating circumstances is beyond me.

They would be better off writing comedy scripts for TV, not financially though.
If you see the fees they charge then you would understand.

I doubt they or the judges really want an end to crime such as this - it would cost them far too much.

ps i would like to hear the defending counsel's words if it was his house the little scrote was caught in
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: How these lawyers can stand up in court and give these tales of mitigating circumstances is beyond me. They would be better off writing comedy scripts for TV, not financially though.[/p][/quote]If you see the fees they charge then you would understand. I doubt they or the judges really want an end to crime such as this - it would cost them far too much. ps i would like to hear the defending counsel's words if it was his house the little scrote was caught in Bob49
  • Score: 7

2:13pm Mon 19 May 14

MrDMan says...

Wilkie wrote:
Presumably, his lawyers admission that his client used cannabis led to an increase in the sentence as, last time a checked, this is also illegal.
Nooooo.....

“He misuses cannabis,” Mr Robinson said.

With regards to cannabis, how do you use or misuse it? They're both illegal! Funny wording!
[quote][p][bold]Wilkie[/bold] wrote: Presumably, his lawyers admission that his client used cannabis led to an increase in the sentence as, last time a checked, this is also illegal.[/p][/quote]Nooooo..... “He misuses cannabis,” Mr Robinson said. With regards to cannabis, how do you use or misuse it? They're both illegal! Funny wording! MrDMan
  • Score: 0

2:34pm Mon 19 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

My GP said I misused alcohol. When we totted up my weekly units he found he was using about 50 more.

I do miss him.
My GP said I misused alcohol. When we totted up my weekly units he found he was using about 50 more. I do miss him. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 7

5:46pm Mon 19 May 14

agp1337 says...

misplacedspaniard wrote:
Just chop his hands off a tattoo 'thief' across his forehead.

At least we all know what the piece of filth looks like.
No, no, no! We'd be no better than Saudi Arabia. Is that what we want the UK to become?
[quote][p][bold]misplacedspaniard[/bold] wrote: Just chop his hands off a tattoo 'thief' across his forehead. At least we all know what the piece of filth looks like.[/p][/quote]No, no, no! We'd be no better than Saudi Arabia. Is that what we want the UK to become? agp1337
  • Score: 5

6:16pm Mon 19 May 14

Yankee1 says...

The Army could sort him. And a lot more.
The Army could sort him. And a lot more. Yankee1
  • Score: -4

7:54pm Mon 19 May 14

Nat1234 says...

agp1337 wrote:
misplacedspaniard wrote:
Just chop his hands off a tattoo 'thief' across his forehead.

At least we all know what the piece of filth looks like.
No, no, no! We'd be no better than Saudi Arabia. Is that what we want the UK to become?
If it stops scum like this THEN YES ...
[quote][p][bold]agp1337[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]misplacedspaniard[/bold] wrote: Just chop his hands off a tattoo 'thief' across his forehead. At least we all know what the piece of filth looks like.[/p][/quote]No, no, no! We'd be no better than Saudi Arabia. Is that what we want the UK to become?[/p][/quote]If it stops scum like this THEN YES ... Nat1234
  • Score: -1

10:18pm Mon 19 May 14

Lord Spring says...

Yankee1 wrote:
The Army could sort him. And a lot more.
Like they did the Krays.
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: The Army could sort him. And a lot more.[/p][/quote]Like they did the Krays. Lord Spring
  • Score: 3

11:14pm Mon 19 May 14

parkstoneboy says...

smhinto wrote:
He is as thick as two short planks and should be publically 'filleted' with his remains strung up ina 'Gibbett'.
For smhinto read ****
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: He is as thick as two short planks and should be publically 'filleted' with his remains strung up ina 'Gibbett'.[/p][/quote]For smhinto read **** parkstoneboy
  • Score: -5

11:15pm Mon 19 May 14

parkstoneboy says...

Depeche Dave wrote:
“He misuses cannabis,” Mr Robinson said.
What a classic line,
So what would be the correct use of cannabis then Mr Robinson?
****
[quote][p][bold]Depeche Dave[/bold] wrote: “He misuses cannabis,” Mr Robinson said. What a classic line, So what would be the correct use of cannabis then Mr Robinson?[/p][/quote]**** parkstoneboy
  • Score: -1

11:16pm Mon 19 May 14

parkstoneboy says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
My GP said I misused alcohol. When we totted up my weekly units he found he was using about 50 more.

I do miss him.
Drunk
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: My GP said I misused alcohol. When we totted up my weekly units he found he was using about 50 more. I do miss him.[/p][/quote]Drunk parkstoneboy
  • Score: -2

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