South Shields burglar’s victim brands him ‘pure evil’

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A BURGLARY victim has branded a crook “pure evil” after his flat was ransacked.

Mark Patrick Kevin, 29, entered the upstairs flat in Marlowe Walk, South Shields, on a number of occasions in the early hours of November 11 after breaking a window.

The occupant was away at the time, and he helped himself to more than £1,000 worth of items – including two TVs, a Wii, telephone and a cordless remote helicopter.

Kevin then transported the goods to his own home a short distance away in Masefield Drive.

A neighbour rang the police after he spotted Kevin carrying the items from the one-bedroom council flat, and he was arrested by police officers at his property.

On an appearance before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday, he admitted a charge of burglary from a dwelling.

The case against him was adjourned for sentence at Newcastle Crown Court on January 2.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said Kevin told police he was drunk at the time of the offence and had also used a deodorant “to make him get high”.

She read a victim statement from the householder whose home had been burgled, in which he said: “No one has the right to come into my house and steal from me”.

The victim said: “I feel anger and shock.

“I have lived in this area all my life, close to where my mother lives, too.

“This has affected the whole community.

“This has changed my life, and the person who has done this is pure evil.

“He’s a greedy, selfish, horrible person.

“On reflection, I don’t think I can live at this property any more, especially with the burglar living at the back of me.”

Magistrates were told that some of the stolen items had still not been recovered.

The victim, who attended the court hearing, said afterwards that he has now decided to stay at his council flat – but wants to see Kevin moved out of the area.


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