Hertfordshire burglar jailed for 21 months

21/03/2012

The man in charge of "logistics" in a spate of night time burglaries in Hertfordshire was jailed for 21-months on Thursday, 15 March 2012.

Chukwuemeka Duro, 41, transported the burglar Liam Tristram to seven homes in Ware, Hertford, Bushey Heath, and New Barnet.

Tristram, 23, would force open UPVC doors and, once inside, stole portable items such as laptops, Tom Toms and mobile phones. At Bushey Heath and Ware, car keys were taken and the cars driven off, Luton Crown Court heard.

In one case the medicine of a diabetic child was stolen - causing distress to the parents, said Neil Guest for the Crown Prosecution Service.

Duro, who works as a scrap metal collector for Haringey council, was connected to the burglaries through police automatic number plate recognition checks on his car and mobile phone evidence that had been gathered.

Duro of Hampden Lane, London N17 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle. He had never been involved in burglary before.

At an earlier hearing Tristram was sentenced to 30-months.

Defence barrister Nick Defrietas said: "He was in charge of logistics. He transported Tristram to these locations. He had been led up the garden path by him. He thought he was assisting a friend and played a subordinate role."

Judge Martin Griffith rejected Mr Defrietas' appeal to pass a suspended sentence. He told Duro: "You played an important role."

Duro put his head in his hands before being led away to the cells.

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