Teenagers conspired to burgle Cheltenham homes while 'under influence' of David Benyon
TWO teenagers conspired to burgle Cheltenham homes while allegedly under the orders of ram raider David Benyon, a court has heard.
Josh Brammer, 18, of Sotherby Walk, Cheltenham, and a 16-year-old Brockworth boy, who cannot be named, plotted to burgle two houses in Spenser Road and Shelley Road in June 2011.
The pair both received community sentences at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday after they admitted conspiracy to burgle.
Benyon had also been charged with the offence, but the prosecution decided not to proceed as he is serving a seven-year sentence for ram raiding a cash machine in Worcestershire.
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The 23-year-old, of Compton Road in Cheltenham, was recently captured by the police after going on the run.
Prosecutor Simon Goodman told the court both houses were raided during the daytime when the owners were out.
An iPod Nano and some coins were among property stolen from the Spenser Road address, while £5,000 was taken from a safe along with another £500 from a wallet at the house in Shelley Road.
The 16-year-old's footprints were found at both addresses, and officers found some stolen property from one burglary in his possession.
When police arrested Brammer and searched his home, they found a distinctive Maglite torch which had been taken from Spenser Road.
Martin Steen, defending Brammer, said he was only 16 at the time of the offence and was under the influence of Benyon.
Defending the 16-year-old, Nicola Berryman described him as a "vulnerable and absolutely prime target" to be recruited into serious crime.
Judge William Hart sentenced the 16-year-old to 18 months youth rehabilitation and supervision, and ordered him to attend 27 sessions of programme and activity requirements.
He also imposed a 12-month prohibited activity order and placed the boy under home curfew for three months from 9pm to 7am nightly.
Brammer was given 12 months supervision with 160 hours of unpaid work and 19 sessions of a thinking skills programme.