Heartless burglar raided his own grandmother's home - after she was diagnosed with cancer

Newcastle Crown Court. Copyright Newcastle Crown Court.
Newcastle Crown Court. Copyright Newcastle Crown Court.

A heartless raider broke into the home of his own grandmother after she had been diagnosed with cancer.

Grandson Gary Beaton, 23, and his pal Colin Morrison, 20, smashed their way into the leukaemia sufferer's home in Walker, Newcastle, while she was out with her husband and helped themselves to alcohol, electrical and other personal goods.

Prosecutor Bridie Smurthwaite told Newcastle Crown Court: "The victim and his wife live in a semi-detached house with a six foot rear fence.

"An office is accessed through the house.

"The victim's wife has leukaemia. Her daughter, Beaton's mother, is her carer."

The pair were, who made a "messy search" of the office space, 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 gran's husband told police: "My wife, due to her illness, lives and sleeps downstairs.

"Someone entering our home when my wife was present and their being a confrontation could have very easily taken place.

"I wake up at the slightest noise, wondering if someone is coming back."

Beaton, of Church Walk House, Newcastle and Morrison, of Richmond Road, South Shields, 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.