Prolific thief with 30 previous burglary convictions jailed for Skegness burglary which ‘traumatised’ couple

A burglar left a Skegness couple traumatised after raiding their home while they slept unaware of what was happening, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Michael Williams entered the property on Sunningdale Drive in the town and stole jewellery, a handbag, a purse, cash and bank cards.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said the victims were asleep but woke during the night to discover the woman’s handbag, which had been left hanging on the bedroom door, was missing.

Police were called and arrested Williams after he was seen running away from the area.

Mr Scott said: “When he was caught some of the stolen items were found on him but not all of them.”

He told the court that the couple had already suffered trauma during the year due to the death of their son.

Mr Scott added: “This was a night-time burglary of an occupied dwelling house. The trauma to the victims was beyond the normal.”

Williams, 40, of no fixed address, admitted burglary on December 12. He was jailed for 32 months.

The court heard he had 30 previous convictions for burglary which included 15 previous house burglaries.

Judge James Sampson told him: “This was a traumatic experience for your victims. This offence is clearly so serious that only a custodial sentence is appropriate.”

Neil Sands, defending, said Williams was only released from his last jail sentence a month before the burglary and had been living on the streets of Skegness after discovering the accommodation lined up for him was not available.

He said Williams had an insight into how the victims had suffered as his own daughter had died at the age of 16.

“For the first time he has been able to identify something personal with one of his victims. It suggests there may be a glimmer of humanity in there.”