A THIEF who ransacked a single mother’s home and stole her son’s Christmas presents has appeared before court to admit the break-in - and been told to expect a prison sentence.
Aaron Farrell (39), of Wingfield Road, Rotherham, admitted the offence at Sheffield Crown Court today (Wednesday), and was warned a significant prison sentence was “almost inevitable”.
The burglar stole items including toys, clothes, a TV, two mobile phones and £220 in cash from Kerry Lannen’s home on Goldsmith Road on December 7.
Many of the items were Christmas presents for Kerry’s five-year-old son, Rocco Taylor.
Farrell, who was tackled by a heroic neighbour and arrested at the scene, has been remanded into custody.
His barrister, Mr Dermot Hughes, said it was the first time his client had burgled someone’s home.
“He’s appalled by his offending, especially given the nature of this offence,” he said.
“He has a long-standing drug problem but having reached 40 he speaks of a new-found resolve to solve that problem.”
Judge Michael Slater said: “I must adjourn your case for a pre-sentence report but I make it quite clear that a significant sentence of imprisonment seems almost inevitable.”
Farrell is due to be sentenced on March 22.