Judge lets Wirral school burglars walk free
TWO brothers, who raided charity Christmas shoe boxes when they burgled a school, walked free from court.
David, 24, and Daniel D’Arcy, 23, were among four men who broke into Kingsmead School, in Hoylake.
Liverpool Crown Court heard they smashed a pay phone and stole cash from charity shoe boxes which had been collected to send to needy children abroad.
Geoffrey Greenwood, prosecuting, told how the group went on to force their way into a flat in the property where the deputy headteacher Julian Eisner and his family lived.
The group had forced the window and had stolen a trumpet, a CD player, laptop, stereo system and a digital camera owned by the school.
The brothers, of Carr Lane, Hoylake, were arrested at Birkenhead station.
But Judge Adrian Lyon agreed to give the brothers a second chance after the court was told they had been motivated by getting money to fund their addiction.
Quentin Neal, defending the pair, who admitted burglary, said they were now determined to quit drugs.
They were both sentenced to 12 months, suspended for two years. THE ECHO