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Student’s suitcase stolen on arrival

GUILTY: Stuart Day, 32,above, and Carl Mason (below), 31, of Preston

GUILTY: Stuart Day, 32,above, and Carl Mason (below), 31, of Preston

A student from the Far East was burgled within minutes of arriving at her new home, a court has heard.

The young woman, who had travelled thousands of miles to study at UCLan, had accidentally locked herself out of her new room at the Douglas Halls of accommodation in Preston when prolific thieves Carl Mason, 31, and Stuart Day, 32, saw their chance.

Preston Crown Court heard the pair, who admitted burglary, were seen loitering around the halls on September 8.

The victim used her suitcase, which contained sentimental family jewellery, to momentarily prop open a door while she went to seek help from a security guard.

Prosecuting, Susan Carter said: “She had all her worldly possessions in the very large suitcase.

“She had managed to get it to the third floor and used it to prop a door while she went to seek assistance.

“In no more than five mines she saw her suitcase being handled by these two defendants at the perimeter fence of the halls.

“She challenged them and they gave some excuse. They were identified from CCTV footage.”

Day, already in prison, was given an extra six months jail.

The judge said suspended Mason’s nine month sentence for 12 months but said: “You really are drinking at the last chance saloon.”

Mason, of Church St, was given a drug rehabilitation order.

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