Lord Sugar compensation: Burglar ordered to pay businessman £170k after targeting his home

21 October 2019, 17:04 | Updated: 21 October 2019, 23:31

A serial burglar who targeted Lord Sugar's house in Essex during a £1.2m crime spree has been ordered to pay the businessman more than £170,000 in compensation.

During the raids, David Buisson stole mainly cash and jewellery from homes and businesses in Epping Forest and Canvey Island between December 2015 and June 2017.

Buisson, 50, admitted 11 burglaries and two attempted burglaries.

He was sentenced last year at Basildon Crown Court to eight years in prison.

He appeared again in court on Monday for a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act and was ordered to pay compensation to eight of his victims, including Apprentice star Lord Sugar.

Callum Munday, prosecuting, said Buisson had benefited from the burglaries to the tune of £1,270,379.50 and £294,973 of assets could be realised.

The judge, Ian Graham, ordered the assets to be confiscated and ruled £173,977.77 should be paid in compensation to Lord Sugar.

Buisson was given three months to comply with the court order and faces four years in prison if he fails to do so.

In an investigation by Essex Police, officers found tools and items used for drilling and lock picking at addresses linked to him in Ongar and Woodford.

A stolen drone and jewellery was also found.

A computer that police seized showed internet searches had been made for some of the addresses that were later burgled.

Buisson, of Stanley Place, Ongar, was arrested under a European Arrest Warrant in the Spanish town of Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol in April 2018.

Detective Inspector Rob Staples said after Buisson was jailed: "The detectives involved in this complex investigation left no stone unturned to identify and locate David Buisson to hold him to account for his part in these offences."