Man went on wrecking spree at supported housing accommodation in South Yorkshire

A serial offender caused £12,000 of damage after he went on a wrecking spree at a supported housing accommodation unit.

By Jon Cooper
Monday, 4th January 2021, 10:49 am

Sheffield Crown Court heard how David Boukare, aged 32, admitted causing extensive damage at the Target Housing property, on Fitzwilliam Road, Eastwood, Rotherham, which had recently been refurbished and allocated as somewhere for the defendant to live.

Amy Earnshsaw, prosecuting, said: “Staff attended the following day to go through rules and on arriving at the address the front and rear door were wide open and there had been banging all night coming from the property.”

The property had to be made safe before staff could enter because they could smell gas and they later discovered extensive electrical damage to a bolier, light fittings and smoke alarms, according to Ms Earnshaw.

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Sheffield Crown Court, pictured, heard how a serial offender went on a wrecking spree at a supported housing accommodation in South Yorkshire.

Ms Earnshaw added that a cooker, washing machine and gas pipes had been tampered with which had caused a gas leak and taps had been removed from the bath tub and the toilet had been damaged.

A next door neighbour revealed he had been woken by noise and discovered his CCTV had been severed and the defendant admitted he had cut the system’s wires and he had been seen pulling the camera off the wall.

Boukare, of Wharton Terrace, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to causing £12,000 of damage at the Target Housing property and admitted damaging a CCTV system valued at £1,500 after the incident in October.

The defendant also admitted damaging a gas meter at another property and admitted going equipped to commit an offence after an incident from September 21.

Boukare also pleaded guilty to going equipped to commit an offence and to the theft of door meter fobs from another property during September, and he also admitted further offences at this same property including damaging a lift panel, a roller shutter panel, and committng further damage to a lift panel and key fobs during the same month.

Recorder Andrew Haslam had considered sentencing Boukare, who is remanded in custody, in his absence during the hearing on December 15 but adjourned the case until January 14 because Boukare had not been able to attend due to a Covid-19 outbreak at a Doncaster prison.

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