An Edgeware plumber has been given a suspended sentence of 24 months as well as a six-month curfew and fines after being found guilty of burgling a Radlett house he had previous done work in.
Marlon Stevens-Joslin, 42, of Burnt Oak Fields, received the sentence on March 22, following a trial at St Albans Crown Court in February.
He’d attended the property to carry out work on June 4, 2019. After the burglary occurred, forensic officers found a small amount of his blood at the scene, linking him to the break in.
Following his arrest, they also found photographs on his mobile phone of the property taken on June 19, when he had no reason to be there.
As part of the curfew order, Stevens-Joslin must be remain home between 11pm to 5am every day, as well as pay £3,000 in compensation to the victims and £1,000 in costs.
Detective Constable Ian Waldock said: “When we invite tradespeople into our homes to carry out work, we trust that they are there just to do their job, not to plan a burglary. Stevens-Joslin abused that trust.
“The victim was saving the money he stole for further education and to support her family. The judge ordered Stevens-Joslin to pay her back within six months of his sentencing. If he had been jailed immediately there would have been very little chance of her getting any of the money back.
“If Stevens-Joslin commits any other crimes during his suspended sentence period or fails to pay the compensation he will face the prospect of prison.
“News of his conviction will also make it difficult for him to gain future employment as a plumber entering homes.”