Man pretended to be council worker and stole from vulnerable woman’s home

A 52-year-old man has had his court sentencing put back after he admitted to convincing a vulnerable woman he was a council worker so he could steal from her house. Dean Marriott, of no fixed address, was due to learn his fate when he appeared before Nottingham Crown Court on Monday, March 21, after he pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on January 29 this year.

But the hearing was adjourned after a pre-sentence report eluded to various mental health difficulties for Marriott. He will now see John Stocks, the court’s liaison and diversion practitioner. This will look at Marriott’s PTSD after his son was stabbed and spent months in intensive care.

Marriott will be sentenced on April 27. The case comes after he pretended he was at the woman’s house, on Aldgate Close in Bulwell, to check on a gas leak. He pretended to scan different areas around the house using a ‘remote control’, before then distracting the victim and stealing her phone and handbag.

Police officers identified Marriott after CCTV filmed outside the house showed him looking through the kitchen window before the distraction burglary and then leaving the house with a handbag and phone shortly afterwards. Marriott was chased by officers after returning to the property five hours after the incident on January 21 while carrying a plastic bag containing the stolen iPhone 12.

He claimed someone had “told me to bring back because it’s all over Facebook”. Marriott was then arrested and charged in connection with the incident and pleaded guilty to burglary and theft at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

Detective Constable Demi Robertson, of Nottinghamshire Police, had said: “We are extremely pleased to have been able to secure a conviction in this case, which saw a thief deceive his way into someone’s home under false pretences. Stamping out burglaries from our communities is one of our key priorities as a force, we know how important it is for people to feel safe within their own homes.

“Targeting vulnerable individuals is completely unacceptable. Burglary is such an intrusive crime that sadly can have both a financial and lasting emotional impact on victims, so it is absolutely imperative that the public know that we’re doing everything in our powers to crack down on incidents like this. The message is clear – burglary and theft will never be tolerated and offenders will be found and punished.”

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