Coundon Grange burglar who targeted Chester-le-Street care home jailed for "wicked" crime

The Northern Echo: Kevin Aldworth Kevin Aldworth

A PROLIFIC burglar who deliberately targeted a care home and left an 82-year-old woman traumatised after breaking into her room and stealing her handbag bag was yesterday (Tuesday, January 7) starting a four-year jail term.

Durham Crown Court heard the bed-bound victim woke early in the morning thinking there was a nurse in her room, but realised to her horror it was an intruder.

Heroin addict Kevin Aldworth grabbed her bag and fled the scene at St Mary’s Care Home in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, leaving the pensioner screaming for help.

Sentencing the 31-year-old, of Coundon Grange, near Bishop Auckland, Recorder Sophie Drake said: “In my view it was a wicked thing to do. You must have known it was a care home and you would have known it would have been full of vulnerable and elderly people, but you targeted it.

“You say you do not remember it now because you were under the influence of drugs, but as you know that is absolutely no excuse for what you did.”

Martin Towers, prosecuting, said the victim was awoken at 5.30am on October 16 last year.

He said: “She initially formed the impression that he was a nurse. However, he snatched her bag, which was of some sentimental value, from her bedside.

“He and ran out leaving her shouting and raising the alarm and was seen by members of staff as he made his exit.”

At 7.10am that morning, Aldworth was stopped in the town centre by a vigilant police officer, who noticed his resemblance to a description circulated.  Aldworth had £33 in cash in his possession.

The victim, who said her bag had contained £40 in notes and a further £40 in coins, picked him out in an identity procedure.

The court was told Aldworth had 85 previous convictions, including five burglaries committed since 1999 – most recently being sentenced to 32 months in jail in August 2010.

Scott Smith, mitigating, said Aldworth had shown “some degree of remorse”.

He added, Aldworth had an underlying drug problem and had appeared to be making progress when he relapsed.

Judge Drake said: “I do accept that you say you are disgusted with yourself and I hope that you are - and you should be.

“You were trying to help yourself as far as drugs are concerned, but it has not worked. The court has no option but to send you to prison today.”

Aldworth of Wesley Street, Coundon Grange, pleaded guilty to burglarly.

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8:14am Wed 8 Jan 14

Butafly says...

if the courts dealt with him properly he would not have clocked up fricken 85 previous convictions.
Clamp down on the friggers and also make prison an awful place to be in,rather than somewhere they must like going back to.
Far too soft they wana grow a pair once and for all.

I hope this elderly person can try and put it behind,not let the scum effect her.

Also the home step up security like many other homes.
if the courts dealt with him properly he would not have clocked up fricken 85 previous convictions. Clamp down on the friggers and also make prison an awful place to be in,rather than somewhere they must like going back to. Far too soft they wana grow a pair once and for all. I hope this elderly person can try and put it behind,not let the scum effect her. Also the home step up security like many other homes. Butafly

8:18am Wed 8 Jan 14

Butafly says...

what was the 'lengthy prison sentence' for this last conviction??? 2year??? sounds about right for 85 convictions
what was the 'lengthy prison sentence' for this last conviction??? 2year??? sounds about right for 85 convictions Butafly

9:03am Wed 8 Jan 14

stone-rose says...

can we not just shoot him or concrete welly the oxygen thief we the tax payer are being penalised keeping this scum, He s gonna get three meals a day a warm cosy cell ,internet access , a weekend at center parks, he s getting better looked after than his victim s.
can we not just shoot him or concrete welly the oxygen thief we the tax payer are being penalised keeping this scum, He s gonna get three meals a day a warm cosy cell ,internet access , a weekend at center parks, he s getting better looked after than his victim s. stone-rose

9:23am Wed 8 Jan 14

Edmondsley says...

Can anyone else see what he was sentenced to?
Can anyone else see what he was sentenced to? Edmondsley

9:41am Wed 8 Jan 14

stone-rose says...

Edmondsley wrote:
Can anyone else see what he was sentenced to?
Nope!!! must of sent him to center parks.
[quote][p][bold]Edmondsley[/bold] wrote: Can anyone else see what he was sentenced to?[/p][/quote]Nope!!! must of sent him to center parks. stone-rose

10:21am Wed 8 Jan 14

David Lacey says...

Here is a perfect candidate for the birch - if only we hadn't stopped using it. Twelve strokes across the back of the thighs and bare buttocks seems about right to me. He would need medical attention and wouldn't be able to sit down for 6 months. So what?
Here is a perfect candidate for the birch - if only we hadn't stopped using it. Twelve strokes across the back of the thighs and bare buttocks seems about right to me. He would need medical attention and wouldn't be able to sit down for 6 months. So what? David Lacey

10:25am Wed 8 Jan 14

sineater says...

What a low life,stealing of the most vunerable in society
What a low life,stealing of the most vunerable in society sineater

10:42am Wed 8 Jan 14

johnny_p says...

Maybe a good time for Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg to add a comment here explaining why if we "legalise" hard drug use it will be the end of "people" like this committing crime.

Hello Ron- are you there........?
Maybe a good time for Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg to add a comment here explaining why if we "legalise" hard drug use it will be the end of "people" like this committing crime. Hello Ron- are you there........? johnny_p

12:05pm Wed 8 Jan 14

David Lacey says...

Bulls eye Johnny. Drugs need to be ELIMINATED. That means being hard on pushers and users. No half measures. Let's see the criminals and their victims treated equally - tough as it is.
Bulls eye Johnny. Drugs need to be ELIMINATED. That means being hard on pushers and users. No half measures. Let's see the criminals and their victims treated equally - tough as it is. David Lacey

1:06pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Butafly says...

half a story, or have they left his prison amount out on purpose knowing it will cause a stir ?

the scum who done this cant be that thick surely ya know a nursing home when u see one.

He is not sorry one bit, if he was sorry he would not keep robbing people.
Oh yeh silly me i forgot, drugs were to blame...being that in the clouds he didnt realise what he was doing.
Give ya head a shake and sort ya life out then!
half a story, or have they left his prison amount out on purpose knowing it will cause a stir ? the scum who done this cant be that thick surely ya know a nursing home when u see one. He is not sorry one bit, if he was sorry he would not keep robbing people. Oh yeh silly me i forgot, drugs were to blame...being that in the clouds he didnt realise what he was doing. Give ya head a shake and sort ya life out then! Butafly

1:17pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Mr A says...

Edmondsley wrote:
Can anyone else see what he was sentenced to?
Do you mean the Four Year Jail Term starting (Tuesday, January 7)?

Lets hope that there's someone inside who dislikes this sort of crime as much as we do and prison justice can be done. And I hope it bloody hurts.
[quote][p][bold]Edmondsley[/bold] wrote: Can anyone else see what he was sentenced to?[/p][/quote]Do you mean the Four Year Jail Term starting (Tuesday, January 7)? Lets hope that there's someone inside who dislikes this sort of crime as much as we do and prison justice can be done. And I hope it bloody hurts. Mr A

1:17pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Butafly says...

anyone who wondered, he got 4 years this time (sunderland echo)

only doing 2yr was a good guess
anyone who wondered, he got 4 years this time (sunderland echo) only doing 2yr was a good guess Butafly

1:18pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Butafly says...

good editing echo lol
good editing echo lol Butafly

1:35pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Mr A says...

The jail time is in the first sentence of the first paragraph??

Reading is good give it ago.
The jail time is in the first sentence of the first paragraph?? Reading is good give it ago. Mr A

1:47pm Wed 8 Jan 14

stone-rose says...

But he will only do 2
But he will only do 2 stone-rose

1:52pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Mr A says...

Sad but true we can only hope his life is made hell by other inmates.

I go with the Birch + Jail + Birch on the day of release just as a reminder.
Sad but true we can only hope his life is made hell by other inmates. I go with the Birch + Jail + Birch on the day of release just as a reminder. Mr A

4:53pm Wed 8 Jan 14

David Lacey says...

Mr A - you sir are one KIND individual. What an excellent idea!
Mr A - you sir are one KIND individual. What an excellent idea! David Lacey

6:55pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

"Sentencing the 31-year-old, of Coundon Grange, near Bishop Auckland, Recorder Sophie Drake said: “In my view it was a wicked thing to do. You must have known it was a care home and you would have known it would have been full of vulnerable and elderly people, but you targeted it."

As Rene would say in Allo Allo, "You stupid woman". Of course he knew it was a care home, that's why he targeted it.
"Sentencing the 31-year-old, of Coundon Grange, near Bishop Auckland, Recorder Sophie Drake said: “In my view it was a wicked thing to do. You must have known it was a care home and you would have known it would have been full of vulnerable and elderly people, but you targeted it." As Rene would say in Allo Allo, "You stupid woman". Of course he knew it was a care home, that's why he targeted it. Jackaranda

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