TWO youths have been locked up after they trashed a young couple’s dream home.
Scott Davies and his partner Vanessa Jones were busy improving and decorating their new home ready for Christmas while friend and neighbour Daniel Wild helped.
But, while drunk, Wild and co-defendant Stephen Cooper– who was also known to the victim – burgled the home in Saltney Ferry and wrecked it, a court heard.
It cost more than £20,000 to put it right and the victims’ Christmas was ruined.
The raiders stole the water tank flooding the property.
Windows, security lights and electrical items had been smashed and their television stolen.
Judge Philip Richards, sitting at Mold Crown Court in Chester, said it had to be custody for such a mean offence, particularly as it involved such wanton destruction of the home a man was busy creating for his family.
The victim had also provided Wild with work in his home, giving him food and drink in return.
Wild, 22, of Mainwaring Drive, Saltney, was jailed for 18 months after he also admitted breaching an earlier commission order, and Cooper, 20, of North Street, Saltney Ferry, received 14 months youth detention.
The judge said that he would dearly like to compensate the couple, and landlord Peter Rosney, but that was not possible.