Lockdown burglars ransacked the Hartlepool lady’s house – and even stole her fridge and microwave – from Hartlepool Mail


Darren Kinsella and Edward Hanley were both threatened with three-year burglary for three strikes when they entered the row house on Dent Street in Hartlepool at night on April 15.

The inmate went out for the first time in weeks, said Nigel Soppitt, who was prosecuted in Teesside Crown Court.

But between 8:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m., 36-year-old Kinsella and 20-year-old Lewis Miller were seen with video surveillance while getting in and out.

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Darren Kinsella (left) and Edward Hanley were each jailed for two years and 255 days after pleading guilty to breaking into a house on Dent Street in Hartlepool.

They took away three televisions, a refrigerator, a microwave, clothes, and a dolphin ornament.

Hanley was also caught on camera for a few minutes after Kinsella and Miller and took away a DVD player.

Mr. Soppitt said: “[The occupant] She returned around 10:45 p.m. where she saw and identified Kinsella entering and leaving the property.

“The items were stacked outside. The police were there very shortly afterwards.

“When they got there, Kinsella was just outside and Miller was on the property.”

Hanley, 46, was arrested just days later after police spotted him under video surveillance.

He told them he heard about the break-in and went in and stole the DVD player.

In a victim impact statement, the inmate, who has since moved, said the break-in shocked her and felt targeted.

She added that it was difficult to recover financially.

The three men all pleaded guilty on the day they were due to stand trial.

Attorney Paul Cleasby, who tempered Kinsella of Dent Street, said the inmate was absent at the time, but admitted that jail was inevitable and asked the judge to keep the sentence as brief as possible.

Martin Scarborough, Hanley’s representative on Elliott Street in Hartlepool, said his intrusion was limited.

Stephen Constantine, who is defending Miller of Stockton Road in Hartlepool, said he had committed crimes while using drugs but was determined to change as he was expecting his first child.

Judge Jonathan Carroll said that break-ins affect a person’s sense of security, which can have “profound and significant emotional effects.”

Kinsella and Hanley were both jailed for two years and 255 days, while Miller, whose record wasn’t too bad, was given 12 months and two weeks.

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