Stolen watches found at Nelson man’s home

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A MAN who handled some of the proceeds of a raid on the home of a 78-year-old “pervert” has been spared immediate jail.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Dean Lunt had some of the victim’s stolen watches at his home and claimed the burglars had brought them round.

Lunt, who had a record, but did not offend for 15 years, had admitted handling stolen goods. The defendant (38), formerly of Rutland Street, Nelson, was given 36 weeks in jail, suspended for a year, with 12 months supervision.

Miss Lisa Worsley (prosecuting), said the victim, who lived in Barnoldswick, was due in court to face sex allegations over young boys.

He was in bed at 6-30 p.m. last September, having an early evening nap, when there was a knock at the door. He got up, three or four males were there and the defendant pushed past him. The victim told him to get out, threatened to ring police and he left.

Miss Worsley said the pensioner went back to bed and when he got up later, discovered two drawers and a cupboard had been forced open and watches and a wallet worth more than £1,000 were missing. Entry had been gained via a kitchen window. A piece of glass had been put on the kitchen worktop, the defendant’s fingerprints had been found on it and he was arrested.

He conceded he had been to the victim’s house and said he had been invited in. He claimed he had gone there as he had been told by young boys the man was a pervert.

The prosecutor said the defendant accepted he had been present when others were trying to get in and saw them trying to pull the glass out.

Miss Worsley said the victim had withdrawn his support for the prosecution. She added the defendant had a record for burglary and theft but did not offend between 1994 and 2009.