Man jailed for committing burglaries while on licence - Luton

04/01/2017

Burglar Paul Hayman, who ransacked an 87-year-old Luton man's house and stole a memory box, was today, Wednesday, 04 January 2017, jailed for 3 years.

Hayman, aged 33, broke into a house in Swasedale Road, Luton while out on licence from a previous sentence for burglary, Luton Crown Court heard.

Hugh Vass, prosecuting, said on 14 September last year (2016) the elderly victim was out when Hayman broke in. "He took a memory box - something which elderly people put together to help them recall things before they move into a care home. It has not been recovered," said the prosecutor.

Hayman, previously of Stockwood Crescent, Luton, appeared for sentence via a video link from Bedford prison, having earlier pleaded guilty to burglary. He asked for the four other residential burglaries, carried out in a spree between 27 August and 7 September last year, to be taken into consideration.

Rebecca Lee, defending, said: "His intention and desire is to address his underlying drug problem. He desperately wants support." She said he had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. He had been released from a 4-year sentence for burglary in March last year.

On jailing Hayman, Judge Richard Foster said to him: "Domestic burglary is a very serious offence. It is not just an attack on property. It is an attack on the person. You broke into the house, and to some extent ransacked it, and stole the memory box. It was shocking for the victim to come home and discover it."

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