South Shields burglars jailed for raid on Walker gran

Colin Morrison
Colin Morrison

A South Shields man has been jailed after burgling the home of his accomplice’s grandmother.

 Colin Morrison, 20, of Richmond Road, South Shields, was sentenced to nearly two and a half years with Gary Beaton, 23, of Church Walk House, Newcastle.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that the victim of the raid was Beaton’s own grandmother after she had been diagnosed with leukaemia .

 The pair smashed their way into the her home in Walker, Newcastle, while she was out with her husband and helped themselves to alcohol, electrical and other personal goods.

 Bridie Smurthwaite, prosecuting, told the court: “The victim and his wife live in a semi-detached house with a six foot rear fence.

“The wife has leukaemia. Her daughter, Beaton’s mother, is her carer.”

 The pair were collared after a police officer spotted them acting suspiciously while making off with the stolen property after the raid.

 In a victim impact statement, the woman’s husband told police: “My wife, due to her illness, lives and sleeps downstairs.

 “I wake up at the slightest noise now, wondering if someone is coming back.”

 Beaton and Morrison both pleaded guilty to burglary.

 The court heard the pair already have previous convictions.

 Mr Recorder William Lowe QC sentenced them each to 876 days behind bars.