A Southport woman has told of her devestation after losing a huge chunk of her livelihood in a burglary.
As Kamil Kaca, 30, appeared in custody at Sefton Magistrates Court on December 13, prosecutor Angela Blackmore said that Inkarma on Eastbank Street was ransacked on the night of November 10 and that nine tattoo machines valued at between £150 and £500 were taken, along with an iPad, a camera and £1,500 worth of ink.
All foot pedal power packs and cables were also stolen, she said. Kaca was caught after his DNA was found in a blood stain on the shop windowsill.
Mrs Blackmore read from owner Juliet Preston’s police statement, which told of how she had spent 13 years building up her supply of equipment.
Ms Preston valued her loss at about £5,000, Mrs Blackmore said, while other tattooists who used the premises had about £2,000 worth of their equipment stolen. Also, the shop’s shutter, which had been prised open, and the front window had to be replaced, she said, and there was a loss earnings while the shop was shut.
During police interview Kaca said that the shutters and window were already broken when he arrived at the shop but he admitted stealing the equipment. He said he had sold them on to “English people he could not name”.
The court heard that Kaca had no previous convictions on record; only a caution for assault and a fixed penalty for shop theft.
The magistrates said that they considered that their powers of sentencing were not sufficient and sent him to Liverpool Crown Court where he will appear on January 10. He was remanded in custody on the basis that he has no fixed abode.
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