THE brother of Mairead Philpott, who is serving a 17-year sentence for the manslaughter of her six children in Derby, has appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court after breaking into a caravan at Ingoldmells.
Kieron Martin Duffy, 34, of Chellaston Road, Skelton Lock in Derby, admitted causing £345 worth of damage to the caravan at the Eastgate Caravan Site in Sea Lane.
Paul Wood, prosecuting, told District Judge John Stobart that just after midday on June 8, the owners of the caravan at the popular holiday park came to the caravan for a holiday and discovered the window locks broken and the windows open, with blood around at the scene.
Going in they found that a television set had been knocked over and smashed and Duffy was asleep inside in the bedroom area.
After his arrest, Duffy told police he had been drunk and had damaged the window and television getting into the caravan to sleep.
In mitigation, Ian Benton told the court that Duffy had an extensive criminal record and was the subject of a community order made in February.
He said Duffy was the brother of Mairead Philpott and that he had been off work for 16 weeks suffering from stress as a result of the trial, which he had attended every day.
He had however, said Mr Benton, got back to work earlier in June and a friend had suggested they go to Skegness for a short break.
He said that the two went out drinking which had got out of control and Duffy had not even been able to find the caravan site he was on let alone the actual caravan, so he had broken into one and gone to sleep.
Ordering Duffy to pay compensation of £400 and imposing a 12-month conditional discharge, Judge Stobart told him it was a ‘rotten thing to do’.
He said: “The family will now fear every time they go to their caravan that someone like you will have broken in.”
He ordered that the existing community order continue.