Woman found not guilty of involvement in series of Sudbury burglaries

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A woman has been cleared by a jury of being involved in plotting a series of burglaries in the Sudbury.

Jennifer Durrell, formerly of Lower Reeve, Great Cornard and now of South Woodham Ferrers in Essex, was yesterday (November 18) found not guilty of an offence of conspiracy to burgle.

Ipswich Crown Court had heard that Durrell, 29, claimed she would have been unable to be involved in the break-ins because at the time she was living at a refuge in Ipswich from where she was not allowed to leave.

But an expert in mobile phones told the jury that analysis of call data records relating to Durrell’s phone showed that she had made and received calls from the area of seven of the 11 burglaries at about the time they took place.

Prosecuting, Russell Butcher said the burglaries had been committed last year between September 15, and September 22.

Properties in Sudbury, Great Cornard, Long Melford and Clare had been raided with items including glassware and jewellery being taken.

Durrell was arrested on September 23, while driving a car containing two men who subsequently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle, said Mr Butcher.

A search of the vehicle revealed jewellery stolen from some of the burgled homes, the court heard. Later when police searched Durrell’s home in Great Cornard, officers recovered stolen glassware and a crystal decanter from inside a shed.

Giving evidence, Durrell claimed to have no knowledge of the stolen jewellery found inside the car she was driving on the day she was arrested.

Durrell said that strict rules about not leaving the refuge in Ipswich where she was living at the time meant it would have been impossible for her to have been involved in any of the burglaries.

The jury were told by Durrell that she had not been the user of her phone on the dates and at the locations where the burglaries occurred. She denied knowing that the jewellery found in the car or the items at her home had been stolen.

Two men who had at an earlier hearing pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle in connection with the same 11 incidents which Durrell was alleged to have been involved in are due to be sentenced at a later date.