Couple start married life behind bars after spending honeymoon on burglary rampage

Amy Marshall
Amy Marshall

A COUPLE are starting their married life behind bars after going on a burglary rampage during their honeymoon.

Gary Young and Amy Marshall tied the knot in Hartlepool earlier this summer and celebrated their wedding with a honeymoon in Devon.

Gary Young

Gary Young

But after checking into a seafront hotel in Paignton, the pair then broke into a caravan and stole cash before ransacking the home of a vulnerable 81-year-old widow as she sat helpless in her chair.

Exeter Crown Court heard how Young, 41, had told the pensioner he was a carer and had been sent to check on her.

As the terrifed woman looked on, Young rifled through drawers before making off with all of her bank and credit cards. He even took the key to the woman’s mobility scooter.

They were arrested within hours after being caught on CCTV trying to use the stolen bank cards.

Young, 41, of Stirling Street, Hartlepool, and his wife Marshall, 29, of Oxford Road, Hartlepool, both admitted two burglaries.

Young was jailed for three years and two months and Marshall for one year and two months by Judge Phillip Wassall at Exeter Crown Court.

Caroline Bolt, prosecuting, said the couple were staying yards from Paignton seafront at the Suncrest Hotel on the week after the August Bank Holiday when they raided the nearby house and the caravan at the Ashvale Caravan Park.

A family returning from a day out found Marshall climbing out of the bottom door panel of their caravan and escaping in Young’s VW Bora with £120 of their holiday money.

Just hours later, the 81-year-old widow was targeted at her home in Adelphi Road, just yards from the couple’s hotel.

Marshall told police she had come down from Hartlepool with her new husband, who had taken heroin after falling in with the wrong people.

He has numerous previous convictions from burglary and had only been freed from a three-year sentence just months earlier.

Mr Paul Dentith, defending Young, said he had been doing well on a methadone programme before “going off the rails” during his holiday in Devon.

Mr Martin Salloway, for Marshall, said she had only been married to Young for a few weeks. He said: “She does not make any excuses although there were all sorts of reasons why this happened.

“They got married and she has two children from an earlier relationship who are being looked after by their father.”

Judge Wassall told them: “You both have bad records, and this offence is aggravated by the fact one victim is an elderly lady living alone who would have been very disturbed by intrusion, even though no direct threats were made.”