"Make your bed" burglary sentence is 'just a disgrace' says victim
THE VICTIM of a burglar who was spared jail after he agreed to make his bed, tidy his room and respect his parents has called the sentence "a disgrace".
Jamie Froom, 18, right, admitted two break-ins at Bristol Crown Court earlier this week.
The Post revealed that he had been told by Judge David Ticehurst that he could stay out of prison if he did more household chores and completed 120 hours of unpaid work in the community.
But one of his victims has been left disgusted by the sentence, which she only learned of after reading about it in The Post.
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Lisa Murray, 39, lives in a house in Kingswood ransacked by Froom and two younger accomplices, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
She says her nine-year-old daughter Shianna is now too afraid to sleep in her own bed.
Ms Murray and Shianna were about to have Sunday lunch at her sister's house when a neighbour called to say there were police at her house. They rushed back, to be told by officers their home had been ransacked. When they were eventually allowed inside they found furniture, including beds, overturned, drawers pulled out and the back door and garage door broken.
Ms Murray said: "We had only been out for five minutes when I got the phone call, which makes me think they were watching me – it makes me feel violated.
"They had ransacked most rooms, including my daughter's bedroom.
"She is now petrified to sleep in the house, as every noise downstairs worries her. Most nights she sleeps at my sister's house as it's the only way she can get a good night's sleep."
Froom, of Junction Way, Mangotsfield, was caught with two younger teenagers as they fled Ms Murray's house in Clarence Road, having earlier committed another burglary at a house in Hillfields.
They were caught with the stolen goods as they fled including computer gear, cash and a ring.
The two younger teenagers, aged 15 and 16, pleaded guilty to their involvement and were sent to be dealt with at a youth court.
As well as being sentenced to unpaid work, Froom was also ordered to complete six months of drug rehabilitation for his cannabis use.
But Ms Murray says the sentence left her "absolutely fuming".
"The sentence seems so light," she said. "He's basically been told to wash up and make his bed while we have been through hell.
"The burglary left me feeling terrible. The police recovered everything taken but it's the thought of strangers breaking into your house and going through your things that's scary."
Before his sentencing Froom's barrister, Anjali Gohil, had urged Judge Ticehurst to consider the case as being one of "lesser harm and lower culpability".
She said: "The offences were on impulse and there was limited intrusion into the properties.
"These were daytime burglaries of unoccupied dwellings."
But these comments enraged Ms Murray, who said: "Who cares if the burglary was impulsive?
"He's completely got away with it – he must be laughing.
"I'm not a rich person with lots of expensive possessions, I'm a struggling single mother. I've been left with two broken doors, which I have so far not been compensated for."
Victims are entitled to be present at court when an offender is sentenced and are usually offered the chance to give a statement telling about the effect a crime has had on them, which can be taken into consideration by the judge imposing a sentence.
But Ms Murray had no idea Froom was appearing in court until she read about his sentence in The Post.
"I don't know why I wasn't told when Froom would be appearing in court," she said. "If I had been I would definitely have attended – I wanted to see him brought to justice."
The Post contacted Froom for his reaction to Ms Murray's comments but he did not return our calls.