Man jailed for two burglary sprees - South Bank and Hemel Hempstead

06/01/2017

Daniel Butler, aged 28, appeared at Luton Crown Court, via video link from Bedford Prison, on Friday, 06 January 2017, and was jailed for two years after committing two burglary sprees in Gabriel's Wharf on the South Bank in London and near his home in Hemel Hempstead.

He was sentenced for two burglaries and two attempted burglaries of commercial premises in London and one domestic and three commercial burglaries in Hemel Hempstead, which he pleaded guilty to.

Judge Richard Foster said that Butler's record made him eligible for a three year minimum sentence. "But I am satisfied that the circumstances are such that it would be unjust to impose the minimum sentence" he said. He said Butler had had a drug habit, which he had conquered and mental health issues, which needed to be treated.

Gabrielle McAvock, prosecuting, told the court that over the 10th and 11th of April last year Butler had broken or attempted to break into four commercial premises at Gabriel's Wharf. He was arrested and was on bail, under a curfew at Barnacres in Hemel, when in early June he went on another spree. One offence involved the break-in at a wedding dress shop where jewellery was stolen and wedding dresses were trampled on.

He also stole an expensive electric mountain bike, which led to his arrest when police conducting a curfew check found the bike outside his home.

Carole Fern, defending said: "His upbringing is like something out of Dickens. He lost his father and was taken in by an uncle, who was like Fagin and got him to thieve for him. He does not want to back to that." She said that there was help and accommodation in place for him if he was released from custody.

But Judge Foster said: "Many people have problems and challenges and do not do what you did and go out committing offences for financial gain. A custodial sentence it must be."

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