Burglar jailed for 22 months - Borehamwood


Borehamwood burglar Asher Sapsford was jailed for a total of 22 months today, Wednesday, 19 June 2013, after being given two earlier chances by a judge.

Sapsford, 21, was caught after fleeing from a van that police had seen leaving a burglary in Shenley Road in the town.

He and two others were in a white Vauxhall Combo that the officers, who were on routine patrol, had tried to stop.

They made off at speed, before getting out and leaving it to crash into a Porsche that was parked at the side of the road, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Neil King said the police chased after Sapsford, who jumped over fences, before landing in a garden full of scrap metal, where he was arrested.

When questioned Sapsford, who had removed the electronic tag that was monitoring his movements, said: "I didn't do no burglary."

Property taken from the Best One Food and Wine store was recovered in the back of the van. A crow bar had been used to force the burglars' way into the shop and £500 damage.Stock, including cigarettes, and cash to a total of £9,000 was taken.

Sapsford of Thirsk Road, Borehamwood pleaded guilty to the burglary, which happened at half past three in the morning of Tuesday 02 April. He asked for a burglary at the Tesco car wash in Borehamwood on the same night to be taken into consideration. A safe, cash and keys were taken. He had 28 convictions for more than 40 previous offences.

Mr King said that in November Sapsford had been given a community order, 200 hours' unpaid work and a 12 month Drug Rehabilitation Requirement after pleading guilty to burgling two homes in Arundel Drive and Monksmead, Borehamwood. He was back in court in February this year for dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and failing to stop. He was given a 27 month Community Order and ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and banned from driving for 18 months.

Andel Singh, defending, said Sapsford was under no illusions about the likely outcome of the court case, but asked Judge Stephen Gullick to give him another chance. He said he had performed well on his Community Order, carrying out the unpaid work.

He said Sapsford was supported in court by his pregnant girlfriend and mother .  He handed the judge a letter from the defendant  and certificates from courses he had attended in custody.

Jailing him, Judge Gullick said: "This is the third occasion in six months you have been in front of me.  I have a duty to the public you are going to lose your liberty to prevent you committing further offences."

He went on: "There is clearly a good side to you and no doubt people will wait for you and support you in the future. You say you want to settle down and provide financial and emotional support to your family."

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