‘Jealous’ man burgled pal’s house for his Xbox

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A DRUNKEN man who burgled his friend’s house because he was jealous of his life has walked free from court.

Timothy Gee, aged 27, had known his victim, Mathew Clayton, for four years when he broke into his home and tried to steal his Xbox.

Chesterfield Magistrates Court heard Gee asked if he could stay the night at Clayton’s home – offering him £15 to sleep on the sofa.

But Mr Clayton declined telling Gee he was going fishing.

Lynn Manning, prosecuting, said moments after they left the property together, Gee was caught trying to climb through a window of the house in North Side, New Tupton.

She said: “Mr Clayton contacted his partner and asked her to check the doors and windows were locked.

She called him back, saying she had seen the defendant outside, trying to get into the house through the lounge window.

“She was hysterical – totally shocked and scared – and she contacted police.”

Gee later sent Mr Clayton a text message saying: “I’m sorry. I was really drunk and jealous and not thinking straight.”

Ms Manning added: “He said in interview he was feeling down. He said they had everything they wanted and he felt jealous.”

Gee, of Valley Road, Killamarsh, admitted attempted burglary and theft of food worth £9 from Killamarsh Co-Op.

Julie Page, defending Gee said he could not afford to feed his six children and had separated from his partner.

She said he’d drunk a bottle of rum and become ‘resentful’ of Mr Clayton’s life so broke into his home and tried to steal his Xbox.

He was handed a six-month jail term suspended for a year, a 12-month supervision order and told to do 80 hours unpaid work. Gee was also ordered to pay £109 compensation and £85 costs.