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Leighton Buzzard dementia victim's tea-drinking burglar jailed

A burglar who stole jewellery from a woman with dementia and then stayed for a cup of tea has been jailed.

Sean Troy was let in by the 83-year-old victim, who lived alone in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

Her illness meant she was unable to describe him to police or explain what was taken on 10 April 2010, Luton Crown Court heard.

Troy, 24, of Bletchley, admitted burglary and was jailed for two and a half years, on Friday.

He was arrested later the same day, on an unrelated matter, with jewellery and £150 on him and his fingerprints were found at the woman's flat, the court heard.

He claimed he had found the jewellery and the cash was his dole money.

'Nasty burglary'

The court heard Troy had an accomplice, who searched the flat while Troy kept their victim chatting.

He left and has not been found, but Troy stayed on and had a cup of tea.

The woman's son visited and asked Troy to leave and then realised his mother's purse, cash and jewellery were missing.

Charles Judge, defending, said Troy had been discharged from hospital just before the offence, following an assault.

"That may be why he can recall very little of what happened in the flat," he said. "He does not know why she let them in."

Judge Ronald Moss told Troy: "This was a particularly nasty burglary, given that the victim was 83 years old, living on her own with the early signs of dementia, but you may not have known that.

"But that is why she cannot remember what was taken, and we will never know the extent of her loss."

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