Community work for caravan thief

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

When the owner of a static caravan holiday home visited its site at Ellerby, she found the door smashed and a stranger sleeping on the sofa, a court hearing was told on Monday.

The traumatized owner, who now feels unable to continue using the caravan, reported her find to police but by the time officers arrived at the scene David McKenzie had fled the scene.

He left behind a mess, the remains of consumed food from the cupboards and had stolen some computer games too.

McKenzie, 40, of West Street, Scarborough, who was said at York Crown Court to have had an unusual lifestyle since 2006, appeared for sentencing having previously admitted a charge of non-domestic burglary.

The court heard that the value of the items damaged, eaten and taken by McKenzie was estimated at around £119.

However, the effect of the incident, on January 22, this year, on the owner of the caravan has been a feeling of violation.

McKenzie, 40, was said to be insistent that the door to the caravan had been damaged when he arrive and that he had entered, putting on the heating and dragging a duvet from the bedroom to the sofa in order to sleep.

The court was told that following a tragedy, McKenzie, who has some mental health problems, had been living a life on the move around the country, only recently becoming tired of his lifestyle and wanting to settle down.

McKenzie, who has 48 previous convictions for 127 offences, was told by Recorder Sara Dodd that he had made a thorough nuisance of himself for many years.

She added that the alternative to locking McKenzie up for just a few weeks for this latest offence was him being of use to the community instead.

McKenzie was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months with 12 months supervision and an order to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.