One bride was devastated after her wedding day was completely ruined by a drug addict woman. RumpfLive reported.
Chantelle Gowen “ransacked” the newlyweds’ home and stole valuable sentimental items and gifts she had bought for her future husband.
The Hull bride felt “utterly devastated” and “injured” by the break-in and was so upset that she had to buy a new wedding dress to replace the one in the apartment.
The bride said, “Our wedding day has been cut short.
“We got married at 10 o’clock. We returned home at noon, just me and my husband.”
The couple also feared the robbers might target them again, and she said she was “utterly discouraged” that the break-in happened in “such a beautiful place”.
The stolen property included sentimental items such as memorabilia and photos of the bride’s deceased parents, as well as a watch that belonged to her mother.
Gowen, 36, of Sykes Street, Hull, admitted burglary and fraud on October 10, 2020.
Ashleigh Metcalfe, prosecutor, said the woman lived in a first floor apartment on Plimsoll Way, near Victoria Park, Hull, but returned to her home and found that every room had been “ransacked” and searched.
Other items that were taken away were a safe, payslips, employment contracts, rental agreements, rings, an expired passport and a birth certificate.
Gowen’s DNA was found and she left fingerprints.
She used a stolen bank card from the apartment in a store in Hessle, but the transaction was refused.
The woman said in a statement she read to the court, “I feel hurt and I feel devastated, extremely devastated.”
Some of the stolen items were for her upcoming wedding, and the apartment had “strewn” items that she had bought for her future husband.
“I’m scared of leaving the house,” she said.
“I’m scared to leave just in case someone comes back. Why we? Why our apartment? “
She did not understand why the burglars had taken items of sentimental value, such as the locket containing photos of their two deceased parents.
The sentimental items, including her mother’s birthday and Christmas cards, are never replaceable, she said.
“I feel like you ruined our wedding day,” she told the court.
The couple had both started new jobs, but it was spoiled.
“You came to our beautiful home,” she said.
“I am absolutely disappointed that this happened in such a beautiful place as this.”
Her husband was worried about going to work and leaving her alone.
“I feel like I failed to protect my home,” he said.
Gowen had had a criminal record or a warning for handling stolen property, possession of drugs, failure to properly care for animals, and failure to provide information to a waste management agency.
Richard Thompson mitigated that Gowen was dating a more cunning burglar, but she hadn’t named him, though she had chances.
She suffered from drug addiction but had not used heroin for almost two and a half months, although she still spent £ 30 a week smoking crack cocaine and using methadone.
“She is taking steps to try to get things right,” Thompson said.
“At the time of the break-in, she was taking sleeping pills. She was clearly with someone who knew what he was doing.
“It’s clear she hadn’t thought it through, but she has it now.”
Judge John Thackray QC told Gowen, “This was a very serious break-in that had a profound effect on your victims.
“Some people never recover from a home break-in, and I have no doubt that this is the case in this case.
“Not only have you stolen sentimental and valuable items and partially ruined the wedding day and wedding plans of your victims, but the memory of their wedding day will forever be shaped by the memory of that break-in.
“It was a group crime, you undoubtedly dealt with another person.
“Although it was a group crime, you obviously played a minor role.”
Gowen was subsequently imprisoned for two and a half years.
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