Ten months jail for Ross-on-Wye burglar

By Ross Gazette reporter in Crime

Andrew Murdoch, of Ross-on-Wye has been sentenced to ten months in jail at Hereford Magistrate’s Court on Monday, March 6th.

Murdoch, who is a repeat offender had carried out a number of burglaries in Ross-on-Wye.

At an earlier trial he had been found guilty of stealing money from a fruit machine, and for taking a sports bags containing a Fitbit watch, from the Golf Sports Bar in Trenchard Street on January 10th.

CCTV cameras at the Sports Bar had filmed a man inside the premises on two occasions that morning, once at 1.30am and once at approximately 7am.

The man in the CCTV footage appeared to be attempting to gain access to the money inside a fruit machine by hitting it with an iron bar.

Although in the first instance at 1.30am he was unsuccessful, when he re-appeared later that same morning he was then able to access the money inside.

Mr Murdoch had been arrested by PC Emily Holder and Sergeant Jamie Bullock in Ross-on-Wye on January 10th, for another offence. After this arrest, they were called to the Golf Sports Bar to review CCTV footage of a male, and they identified Mr Murdoch as the offender in the video.

At his trial at Hereford Magistrates’ Court on Monday, February 6th, Mr Murdoch entered a not guilty plea. However, the Magistrates found Murdoch guilty.

He also pleaded not guilty to entering Perfect Measure Hair and Beauty in New Street in Ross-on-Wye between January 7th and January 10th and stealing a till a charity box containing £20, a silver tin containing £10 tips, two cash tins containing £180 and a box of children’s sweets worth £25. The trial for this was set for March 6th, he later changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to ten months jail for these offences.

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