Man burgled 15 houses to buy heroin
2:00pm Sunday 23rd September 2012 in News
The wife of a man who burgled 15 houses while on holiday in Tenby sold some of the stolen goods so he could buy more heroin, a court has been told.
Nicola Inder, aged 33, admitted three offences of handling stolen goods.
Swansea Crown Court heard on Friday how Inder and her husband Darren spent three weeks at various camping and caravan sites around the town in June of this year.
While she slept, Darren Inder, also 33, broke into houses in Green Crescent, Warren Street, The Glebe, The Green, Broadwell Hayes, Lyndhurst, West Cliff, Heywood Lane and Serpentine Road.
During one break-in the 73- year-old female occupant had been disturbed.
Helen Randall, prosecuting, said Inder was given jewellery to pawn which she did, raising £380.
She also went into a post office and converted almost £500 worth of foreign currency into sterling.
Inder’s barrister, Rhys Thomas, said Darren Inder had been a heroin addict and had been desperate to buy more drugs. He placed pressure on his wife, who had not been involved in the break-ins, all of which had taken place at night time, he said.
Mr Thomas said Darren Inder, who is now serving a four-year prison term, had written from Swansea jail confirming that he had forced his wife to help him to turn the stolen goods into money.
Mr Thomas said Inder, of Chamberlain Street, Neath, was ashamed at helping her husband and had known at the time that the valuables had been stolen from people’s homes.
Judge Huw Davies said: “The answer lies in the behaviour of your husband.”
“He would stop at nothing to be able to pay for his next fix.
“Now he is serving a long sentence and has left you in the lurch.”
Inder was conditionally discharged for 12 months.