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Victims ‘devastated’ by burglary

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VICTIMS of a burglary at Beaumont have described the devastating emotional impact the crime has had on their family after the serial criminal responsible was jailed for four years.

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Paul David William Le Geyt (28), who has been convicted for 175 previous offences, stole designer watches from the property during a brazen rush-hour raid last year.

After his bungled crimes, he was chased by one of the victims onto the beach near the Gunsite Café. He later stole a child’s green scooter to aid his getaway before he was found hiding in a barn in St Lawrence by a ‘very upset, shaking’ 90-year-old man. When police officers tried to arrest him, he threw a clasped pen-knife – accidentally hitting an officer – before he was doused with pepper spray and, eventually, arrested.

The Royal Court’s Superior Number, which convenes only for the most serious cases, heard that, in an interview, Le Geyt claimed he was ‘basically being a police officer’ and investigating whether the house was being used as part of a major drugs conspiracy involving a corrupt Customs officer. The claims were completely unfounded.

Le Geyt was found guilty of one count of illegal entry and larceny on 1 May. He had previously pleaded guilty to another count of illegal entry, possession of cannabis and MDMA and obstructing a police officer. He was jailed in January for 15 months after admitting grave and criminal assault and affray.

Now, a mother and her two adult daughters have described the impact of the offences on their lives.

In a statement, the mother said: ‘The impact, which this crime has had on my life, is overwhelming. I can’t sleep very well.

‘I wake up in the middle of the night hearing every little noise, which sets my imagination up. I keep double-checking if all the windows and doors are closed.’

One of the daughters said in her statement: ‘This is one of the worst crimes to be a victim of, as it has a devastating effect on [your] entire life.’

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Outlining the case, Crown Advocate Richard Pedley said Le Geyt was seen suspiciously hanging around the property at about 9.20am on 28 October last year with another unidentified man. The family who live in the burgled home were, it was heard, notified by their neighbour and returned home when they saw the defendant in their home.

When he was later arrested in the barn, personal amounts of cannabis and MDMA powder were discovered.

Advocate Ian Jones, defending, said his client regretted the impact his offending had had on the victims.

Jurats Anthony Olsen, Rozanne Thomas, Pamela Pitman, Joanne Averty and David Hughes were sitting with Deputy Bailiff Tim Le Cocq.

Jack Maguire

By Jack Maguire
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