Family heirlooms stolen from pensioner’s house while she was at funeral

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A NOTORIOUS criminal has been back before the courts after he handled stolen goods which were taken in a burglary at a pensioner’s home while she was at a funeral.

Killer driver Dean English, formerly of Peterlee but now of Hartlepool, was given a community order when he appeared before a judge.

Items were taken in the theft at the woman’s home in Neville’s Cross, Durham City, one day in August last year.

Family heirlooms including jewellery, a bracelet, a pin, brooch and even rings that the victim’s husband bought when their children were born were swiped.

The items were later tracked down and prolific offender English’s fingerprints were found on them.

English, now 33, was jailed for 10 years in November 2004 for causing the death of a teenage boy by dangerous driving in Peterlee in 2003.

English hit 15-year-old Ian Gourley then failed to stop, driving away before setting the car on fire.

English was back before Durham Crown Court and pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.

In a victim impact statement, the pensioner said: “A lot of the items won’t have great monetary value but their value to me was insurmountable.”

Recorder of Durham, Judge Christopher Prince, sentenced English, of Pounder Place, Hartlepool, to a 12-month community order, with 12 months’ supervision.