Blackburn man gave himself up to police
11:44am Sunday 20th October 2013 in News
A 24 year old man who denied any involvement in an offence of criminal damage did a U-turn when he rang up two weeks later and told police he remembered he was responsible.
Blackburn magistrates heard Kevin Wilcock felt bad about the offence and didn’t want it hanging over him.
And chairman of the magistrates Terry Young said Wilcock’s honesty had earned his “admiration.”
“Thank you for being honest and owning up,” said Mr Young. “I acknowledge this would not have come to light if you hadn’t done so.”
Wilcock, of the Islington Motel, Great Bolton Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to damaging a front door window belonging to Alexander Bennie. He was ordered to pay £123 compensation.
Pat Bramley, prosecuting, said the damage was caused to the door of a house in Kinross Walk and CCTV in the area showed three males, one of them Wilcock. He was questioned by the police but denied any involvement and there was no evidence to link him to the damage.
“Two weeks later he rang the investigating officer and said he remembered that he had been responsible,” said Miss Bramley.
Jonathan Taylor, defending, said it was clear from the police officer’s statement that he had no evidence of who had carried out the criminal damage.
“The CCTV footage showed him in the area but nothing else,” said Mr Taylor. “He deserves maximum credit for his guilty plea because if he hadn’t owned up this case would never have been solved”
Mr Taylor said Wilcock accepted he had tried to break into the flat, which he knew was empty, because he was homeless and needed somewhere to sleep.