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Burglar who ransacked independent agency escapes jail

A burglar who ransacked an independent agency’s branch office and stole equipment worth almost £2,000 has escaped prison.

Bilal Hemmi of Windsor broke into Chiltern Hills Estate Agents in High Wycombe in June 2019, but the case has only just reached court. 

Hemmi smashed the window and stole a camera and lens worth £1,900.


Described in court, and reported in local media, as being a “remorseless” offender, Hemmi pleaded not guilty to a charge of burglary, but has been found guilty and sentenced.

The court listing states that Hemmi had ‘no remorse’ and that he ‘ransacked’ the building, but despite the severity of his offending, magistrates decided not to send him to prison.

Instead, he was given an 18-week jail term suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation.

You can see a local media report of his offence and court appearance here.

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    In the meantime the owners have to clear up the mess, pay out for more security, higher insurance premiums if the dared claim, each morning worry about finding the office ransacked again, which is highly likely with the culprit walking around. Modern nonsense.

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    • 07 October 2021 12:24 PM

    what absolute drivel...... the compensation doesn't even cover the hassle, inconvenience and costs caused to the injured party.

    Chuck them in jail or make them pay far more to learn a very stark lesson and seize assets from them if they have any. If crime doesn't pay. then it will deter a higher percentage of offenders

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    Come on Boris & Pritti, tougher on crime, let's see it then. Magistrates what a joke. No doubt a do gooder, road gluing liberal on the bench.

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    Infuriating and he's probably still offending - when will these smug do gooders learn the way the world works


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