Woman, 27, watched man’s funeral procession then deliberately burgled his empty home

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Leanne Hunter, 27, watched her neighbors funeral procession then stole £200 cash from a wallet, CDs, his late wife’s death certificate and their marriage certificate in a “disgusting” burglary

Leanne Hunter stole a haul including treasured and sentimental items that were of no use to her
Leanne Hunter stole a haul including treasured and sentimental items that were of no use to her

A callous woman watched the funeral procession of a 65-year-old neighbor – then burgled his home in a “disgusting” and “heartbreaking” raid.

Leanne Hunter, 27, from Hull, stole a number of sentimental items as well as £200 cash knowing lifelong Hull KR supporter David Butler had died, Hull Live reported.

Hull Crown Court heard how Hunter walked in through the back door, which was not secure, and stole £200 cash from a wallet, CDs, Mr Butler’s wife’s death certificate and the marriage certificate for him and his late wife.

The family were sorting out the property after Mr Butler had died just two weeks earlier.







Lifelong Hull KR supporter David Butler
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David Butler’s home was raided
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Hunter originally claimed that she saw the funeral procession and “did not put two and two together” about the empty house.

Hannah Turner, prosecuting, said: “It’s certain that she would have known that the deceased had passed away and the property was empty.

“Beds in two bedrooms were flipped over as though she was looking for stuff.”

A neighbor looked at CCTV and spotted Hunter entering the house empty-handed but leaving with a holdall of Mr Butler’s belongings.

His daughter, Melanie Butler, confronted Hunter and asked for his belongings to be returned.

“She refused and shut the door in her face,” said Miss Turner.

Hunter later admitted, however, that she took the items out of “curiosity.”







Heartless Leanne Hunter made the ‘absolutely despicable’ burglary
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Melanie later said: “The incident has made me feel awful and mentally drained.

“The items that were taken have really impacted my life.

“She had no right to take my parents’ belongings.”

Hunter had convictions for eight previous offenses between 2007 and 2014, including being sent to a young offenders’ institution for 18 months in September 2014 for two offenses of burglary.

Nick Peacock, mitigating, said that, despite what Hunter originally claimed, it was obvious that someone who had seen a funeral cortege pass an empty house would have to realize that someone had died.

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Judge John Thackray QC told Hunter: “You asserted that, although you saw the funeral procession, you didn’t realize that the occupier of the house that you burgled was recently deceased. I do not accept that.

“It’s the inevitable inference that you knew very well that the occupier had recently died and you targeted it for that very reason.

“You deliberately targeted the premises of a person you knew had recently died.

“All offenses of dwelling house burglary are serious but this is a particularly mean offence.”

Hunter was jailed for two years and four months.

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