Nanny found guilty of conspiracy to burgle her employer’s house

01/02/2013

A 27-year-old nanny from Reading has today been found guilty of conspiring with another to burgle the house of her employer between the 26 July and 30 July 2012.

Edward Phillips, Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex said: "Sarah Hallcup grossly breached the trust that her employer had placed in her by conspiring with her boyfriend to burgle the home where she had been the nanny for four years.

"This burglary left Lord Wellesley and his family very distressed. Sarah Hallcup was someone they had trusted for many years to look after their three young children and their house. Yet she was complicit in stealing items from them, some of which she knew had a great sentimental value for their owners.

"Sarah Hallcup had been working at Top Hill House, a large three-storey-house situated in rural Hampshire, the home of Lord Christopher Wellesley, since 2008. The house has a detached annex, in which she was living since she started working for the family.

"The prosecution case was that while Lord Wellesley was on four-week-holiday with his family she conspired with her recent boyfriend, Neal Akhtar to burgle Top Hill House.

"As she was trusted, Lord Wellesley had given her the keys to his house that allowed her access to the house via the utility room.

"She had clear instructions to keep the keys in order to get access to the utilities in the kitchen and she was only authorised to leave the keys out for the Lord if he so requested.

"The jury at Winchester Crown Court heard how her boyfriend's fingerprints were found on Lord Wellesley's property.

"The telephone evidence made it clear that Hallcup had conspired with her boyfriend to burgle her employer. Lord Wellesley made the shocking discovery that a number of valuable items had been stolen when he came back from holiday.

"Neal Akhtar pleaded guilty to the burglary at an early stage of the proceedings. Another male Scott Allaway pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods. He accepted that he went to the house to help Akhtar transport the stolen items.

"We would like to thank Lord Wellesley and the other witnesses in this case who gave statements and helped to secure these convictions. We hope now that Lord Wellesley and his family will be able to move on with their lives."