Serial burglar jailed - Luton

11/07/2014

Prolific burglar Paul Hayman had hoped to change his ways with the help of a groundbreaking court scheme, but he failed to convince a Judge that he had the right attitude to succeed.

Instead, the 31-year-old father, who has had a drug problem since he was ten, was sent to prison for four years.

Hayman, of Stockwood Crescent, Luton pleaded guilty to three charges of burglary and asked for 32 similar offences to be taken into consideration. It was his fourth time before courts for domestic burglaries.

Prosecutor Sarah Gaunt said at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 11 July 2014, that most of the break ins were committed between October last year and January this year, in the Luton area.

Property worth in excess of £16,000 was stolen including sentimental jewellery, and lap tops with irreplaceable photographs on. One house was broken into just days before Christmas and during an untidy search Christmas presents were taken.

At another house, a woman was woken by her dog barking and was confronted by Hayman standing in her bedroom shining a torch in her face, said the prosecutor. Some offences were committed on bail.

When Hayman was arrested he chose to confess all his offences to police, and was later granted bail to be assessed for his suitability for an intensive scheme where he would be closely monitored and drug tested as an alternative to custody. But when he came back to court after the assessment Judge Philip Bartle QC told him: "You have considerable insight into the drug problem which you have had for many years. I allowed you to have bail to be assessed for the scheme which can produce a radical change in the lives of those with a similar history to you. It is not an easy programme, but the professionals have told me you are not suitable and do not have the right attitude, so that option is no longer open."

Carl Woolf, defending, said: "The offences were committed solely through drugs and drug debts. But he has two step children and a five-month-old child and really wanted to clean the slate. He is determined to try his best to stay out of trouble."

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