Burglar jailed for 4-years - Hemel Hempstead

16/11/2012

A prolific offender who attempted to burgle a house in Hemel Hempstead was sentenced to 4-years at St Albans Crown Court on Friday, 16 November 2012.

Scott Morris, 38, tried to break into a home in Allandale, Hemel Hempstead on Sunday, 09 September at 6am whilst the occupants were asleep.

Prosecutor David Stanton said the woman in the house heard a bang and noises coming from downstairs at the rear of the property.  She looked out of the kitchen window and saw a profile of a man in the garden.  She woke her husband, who phoned the police.  He approached the man who said he was looking for a ball, before fleeing the garden.

Morris of Martian Avenue, Hemel Hempstead pleaded guilty to attempted burglary.

Chloe Belton, defending, said that Morris had previously completed the Choices and Consquences programme,  which aims to offer offenders a chance to break free from the cycle of crime. She said Morris had a supportive partner, a job to go to and "hopefully is going to be a use to society rather than a hindrance".

But Judge John Plumstead said Morris had caused the householder to be "extremely frightened and anxious" and that if he had not been disturbed may have gained access to the house.

Morris had previously committed 108 burglaries and had been in trouble for nearly 20-years for a variety of offences.

He sentenced him to 4-years imprisonment stating "the only way for you to be stopped from burgling is to lock you up."

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