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Thief jailed after being caught red-handed during raid on Inverness home

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Inverness Sheriff Court, within Inverness Castle.
Inverness Sheriff Court, within Inverness Castle.

Leslie Goodall was seen climbing in the window of the house in Evan Barron Road on theevening of March 21 along with another man. Neighbours called the police.

Appearing from custody Goodall,c/ o HMP Inverness admitted breaking into the property with intent to steal.

Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood heard the property the 36-year-old broke intowas a two-bedroomed terraced house in Hilton and the householder hadbeen away from home on the night.

About 6pm on March 21 neighbours in nearby houses heard banging anddepute fiscal Roderick Urquhart said they saw two men open the livingroom window, climb in and draw the curtains.

“Police arrived within minutes and found that the front door was nowunlocked,” he said.

“Noticing that the window was also ajar and seeing movement behind thefrosted glass door they entered the house and found (Goodall)at the bottom of the stairs placing items in a rucksack.”

The fiscal told Sheriff Fleetwood that the rucksack was searched andfound to contain a DVD player, wires and two speakers.

He was detained on suspicion of housebreaking then arrested on anothermatter and taken to Burnett Road Police Station.

“The police found that there was damage to the back door of the houseand had the locks changed before the householder returned. He was laterable to identify the property in the rucksack as his. It appears he didnot suffer the loss of any property.”

Goodall’s solicitor NeilWilson said his client knew he was facing custody and he had been onremand since March 22.

The solicitor said Goodall claimed the householder was known to him and some of his clothes were inthe property but he understood the householder had abandoned theproperty and he had gone to collect his belongings.

“The break-in was unprofessional and inept. It was seen by people acrossthe street.”

Mr Wilson said Goodall gotinto a drunken state and carried out the offence.

He asked the sheriff to take into account the guilty plea before goingto trial, the time Goodall had spent in custody and the fact that the householder had all of hisproperty returned to him.

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