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Criminal Law: Letter from burglar points out victim's 'dumb' mistakes

As part of a youth rehabilitation scheme, a 16-year-old burglar was made to write a letter of apology to his victim, but instead of saying sorry he mocked them and listed the reasons why their home had been an easy target.

The young offender, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was involved with the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme (ISSP). This scheme is a non-custodial intervention for young offenders and means that they can be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They must also take part in activities aimed at rehabilitation, education and preventing repeat offending.

However, the young burglar from West Yorkshire was reluctant to apologise to his victim, and wrote the letter under duress. Read the letter here, if you can make sense of the terrible spelling and grammar.

The burglar claimed in his letter: "To be honest I'm not bothered or sorry about the fact that I burgled your house. Basically it was your fault anyway."

He then listed the "dumb mistakes" the victim had made. They had not drawn their curtains, leaving the burglar to surmise that no one was home, and they were "thick enough" to leave their downstairs kitchen window open. Something the burglar wouldn't do "in a million years".

The young offender concluded: "But anyway I don't feel sorry for you and I'm not going to show any sympathy or remorse."

West Yorkshire police published the letter thinking that it clearly demonstrated how homeowners should protect their property from burglaries.

Chief Inspector Melanie Jones said: "The contents of the letter are disgusting but it does highlight the cold and dispassionate way burglars select a property to target."

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