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Woman punished for helping partner-in-crime burgle Carlisle flat

Carlisle Crown Court

A WOMAN who was “led astray” while in drink and got involved in a night-time Carlisle burglary just hours after celebrating her 40th birthday has been sentenced by a judge.

The city’s crown court heard this morning (FRI) how neighbours saw 22-year-old Connor Teague Ingledow drag a wheelie bin along Highfield Avenue which he climbed to gain access to a first floor flat in the early hours of May 6 last year.

Ingledow broke a window to access the flat and was then heard to ask partner-in-crime Emma Aitken, who was in drink having turned 40 the previous day: “Chuck up my phone.”

She did so after going to another property nearby and Ingledow used the phone torch as he snatched an e-cigarette, bar stool, wireless headphones and a container from the flat. That loot was found by police in the address close by, as was Aitken, who was cowering under a bed.

Aitken, previously of Carlisle but now of The Meadows, Dalbeattie, was sentenced today having admitted a burglary charge during an earlier magistrates’ court appearance. Her barrister, Kim Whittlestone, revealed the defendant was now pregnant, and said: “She is very remorseful for her involvement in this offence, which was foolish, albeit limited.”

Recorder Michael Hayton QC imposed a community order comprising a 12-month supervision requirement, saying: “You were in drink at the time and I am satisfied you were led astray.”

Ingledow, of Collin Place, off Newtown Road, Carlisle, admitted burglary during today’s hearing, was granted bail and is due to receive his punishment at the crown court next month.

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