Burglar jailed - Bayford


A burglar, who appeared via a video link from prison, told the court his name was "Batman of Gotham City."

But when Judge Andrew Bright QC told him he would not be sentenced if he fooled around, the prisoner confirmed he was Terry Fryatt from Hertford.

Fryatt, aged 27, was handcuffed to a prison officer when he appeared on screen, having damaged property in his cell at Norwich jail.

Daniel Siong, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) told St Albans Crown Court that Fryatt broke into a house at Bayford Green, Bayford near Hertford in the early hours of 1 August while a party was going on. He stole an antique musket and rifle from a wall in the dining room. They were valued at £1500 and have not been recovered.

On 30 August he burgled a cottage in Great Amwell near Ware belonging to a police officer and stole a laptop, together with police and World War Two memorabilia.

Mr Siong said Fryatt was identified by fingerprints he had left on a carrier bag. He was arrested on 24 September and made "full and frank admissions." After he was arrested, he kicked and damaged a metal toilet in a cell.

Fryatt, of Horns Close, Hertford, pleaded guilty to two burglaries and one charge of criminal damage. He had two previous convictions for domestic burglaries and, in 2006, was sentenced to 30 months for robbery.

James Wing, defending, said Fryatt had not committed a burglary since 2004. He said he had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and had admitted the offences.

Judge Bright jailed him for 29 months.

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