Romanian jailed for burglary - Luton

08/04/2016

A Romanian, who had only been in the country for five days, was caught red handed burgling a house in Luton.

Judge Michael Kay QC rejected a plea for a shorter than normal sentence so that Marius-Madalin Pasca could return home and not be a burden in this country.

Pasca, aged 24, pleaded guilty to committing the burglary on 16 March this year. He was jailed for 20 months at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 08 April 2016.

Alex Krikler, prosecuting said three men broke into a ground floor one bedroomed flat in Salisbury Road, Luton by breaking a window in the back door.

During the raid, the man and woman, who lived there, returned home. The three men fled, but the tenant gave chase and rugby tackled Pasca to the ground and held him there until police arrived. His actions caused him a shoulder injury, for which he is awaiting surgery, the court was told. The two other unnamed men escaped.

Mr Krikler said the three had loaded laptops and phones into bags, which they abandoned when they fled. A stolen watch was found in the Pasca's pocket.

Charles Judge, defending said: "The short time he has been on remand in prison has been difficult as he speaks virtually no English and it is his express wish to return to Romania. The Immigration Authority has already been to see him about that."

Pasca told a probation officer that the three men had travelled to the UK because a friend had offered them work, but when they arrived there was no job. The aim of the burglary was to get funds so they could return home.

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