Son jailed for burgling mother's home - Hertfordshire

07/09/2012

After four months of sleeping rough drug addict Barney Mulhall broke into his mother's home while she was on holiday and stole her partner's car.

Homeless Mulhall, 22, took a lap top and the keys to a VW Golf from the house at Rivershill, Watton at Stone at around 11 o'clock at night on 09 August this year.

Prosecutor Alex Krikler told St Albans Crown Court on Friday, 07 September 2012, that the police had been alerted and went to stop the car as Mulhall drove along Hertford Road in Stevenage.

"Officers saw the vehicle drive past them and there was a short pursuit. It was travelling at 60 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. At one point it hit a traffic island and damaged a tyre. This caused the defendant to stop on the other side of a roundabout. He got out of the car and held his hands up saying: "I will come quietly. I don't care charge me with it all." said Mr Krikler.

When questioned Mulhall said he was homeless and took the car to sleep in as he had been living rough for 4-months.

Mulhall of no fixed address pleaded guilty to burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and having no licence and no insurance.

Defence barrister Aneurin Brewer said Mulhall had become addicted to drugs at an early age. He had struggled at school and began using drugs at 14. He said he used crack for the first time while living on the street and had become addicted to mephedrone, known as meow meow.

The day before the burglary he had called his mother who told him she was going on holiday and he went to the house. He took the car to sleep in and the lap top to pay for drug debts. He said he apologised to his mother, said Mr Brewer.

Recorder Samantha Leigh jailed him for a total of 12-months and banned him from driving for 2-years. She told him: "It is up to you to sort yourself out."

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