Man jailed for burglary and crashing into porch - Cheshunt

21/09/2017

A man was today, Thursday, 21 September 2017, jailed for 2 years and 12 weeks for breaking into a house in Cheshunt and then crashing a car into the porch of another home as he tried to get away from the police.

The break-in by John Connors, aged 20, and two others, was the third time a retired couple in their 70s, had been burgled since May 2015.

Prosecutor Richard Sedgewick told St Albans Crown Court that at half past eight in the evening of 17 July this year, a neighbour saw three men on the flat roof extension of a house in Warwick Drive, Cheshunt. The police were called and the men scattered. Connors, who was wearing a red lumberjack top, drove off in a silver Mercedes. Pursued by the police, Connors drove at speed along Cheshunt High Street the wrong way causing other drivers to break and pull over. He turned into Juniper Close, where he crashed into the porch of a house. It was so badly damaged that the person who lived there could not get out of the front door. Connors tried to flee the scene, but local residents caught him and he gave up.

A sledgehammer, golf clubs and an empty jewellery box were recovered from the boot of the car. Jewellery, of sentimental value, pictures of grandchildren, £1300 in cash and diamond cuff links were taken in the burglary. Damage was also caused.

In a victim impact statement, the victim said he and his wife, who had lived in their home since 1971, were now scared to leave their house.

Connors, of Masboro Road, Shepherds Bush, appeared for sentence via a video link from Peterborough jail. He had earlier pleaded guilty to burglary, dangerous driving and having no insurance. In addition he was in breach of a 12 week sentence for stealing a pressure washer from a chauffeur company.

Defending, Tom Kharran said Connors had not gone out to steal that day. He said his client suffered from mental health issues and asked for credit for his guilty plea.

Jailing him, Judge Andrew Bright QC told Connors: "This was a serious domestic burglary. You are 20-years-old with 15 previous convictions. The time has come where the court is left with absolutely no alternative but to punish you with immediate custody."

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