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Criminals stripped of assets to compensate victims

Criminals in Dorset are being reminded they could be stripped of their assets to compensate their victims following another success under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Last month a burglar was forced to hand over an estimated £2,820-worth of jewellery to repay one of his burglary victims.

Dorset Police secured a Confiscation Order against the 47-year-old Bournemouth man after he pleaded guilty to two dwelling burglaries.

He appeared before Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 22 November 2013 and was sentenced to a 12-month drug rehabilitation requirement and a six-month supervision order.

The offender was also made the subject of a Confiscation Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to the value of £2,820 – the value of the two gold chains he had tried to sell to a second-hand shop in Boscombe.

The judge ordered that once the jewellery was sold, the money should be used to compensate one of his victims.

DS Andrew Kennard, of the Economic Crime Unit, said: “This is an excellent example of how Dorset Police can help take assets away from criminals, and more importantly, compensate the victims of crime in Dorset.

“We hope this case sends out a clear message to offenders they will be dealt with through the courts and forced to pay for their crimes.”

Issued: 20 December 2013