Burglar jailed again - Luton

01/10/2012

A 43-year-old man who has been committing burglaries since he was 12 has been jailed again for a catalogue of crimes.

Graham Pinsent, had hoped to be chosen to go on an intensive programme to break the cycle of his offending, but was told his motivation was not strong enough for him to be selected.

So instead he was given a 3-year jail term at Luton Crown Court on Monday, 01 October 2012.

He is currently in prison serving the licence period of his last sentence, as he re-offended shortly after leaving prison.

Pinsent, of High Town Road, Luton, offends to fund his drug addiction, the court was told.

He pleaded guilty to a house and a shop burglary and two charges of theft and asked for 16 offences to be taken into consideration, including some other burglaries. Most of the offences were committed in Luton in June this year.

Claudette Elliott, for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the thefts concerned a vulnerable retired man who Pinsent befriended, saying he could live with him and he would look after him, but he stole his bank card, and cash from his account.

He burgled a house in Montrose Avenue, Luton while the owner was on holiday. The break in was discovered by the man's daughter who was visiting the property twice a day. She found every room had been ransacked and a classic sports car in the garage had been damaged.

On 29 June he broke into an Halal butchers in Marsh Road, Luton, looking for cash and found an envelope containing at least £5,000, which the shopkeeper had collected to pay his business rates.

After his arrest he co-operated with police by admitting his other offences.

Stephen Halloran, defending said: "On his release he relapsed into his drug misuse, which escalated in June. He has a desire to wipe the slate clean and put his drug abuse behind him. He wanted to be considered for the scheme, which operates in this area and was hopeful he would be selected.

Judge David Farrell QC told Pinsent: "The backdrop to these offences is your relapse into drug misuse.

"Your suitability for the very intensive community order has been considered twice, but the decision was taken that your motivation is simply not at the level required to achieve a realistic prospect of success.

"Your record is appalling, and you have to change or your sentences will get longer and longer and you will end up dying in prison."

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