Threatening burglar jailed - Luton

04/07/2014

A burglar who made threats to his victim's family to stop him being identified was jailed for 5 years today, Friday, 04 July 2014.

Christopher Treynor, aged 26, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to being one of two men who burgled Margaret Beer's home in Derby Close, Luton. He denied threatening her grandson Richard Antoni and his girlfriend Tricia Flaherty, but was convicted by a jury of perverting the course of justice.

Prosecutor George Heimler said: "On 22 February this year there was a day-light burglary in a home occupied by an elderly woman. She was present when the burglary took place. The woman gave a statement to the police and she also identified this defendant."

Giving evidence, behind a screen,  Mr Antoni said he received a text message from Treynor on Saturda,y 29 March asking him to call him. "He said he had been arrested on the Friday before in connection with a burglary that concerned my nan. He somehow thought I had given over his name. I had nothing to do with it. I said I knew nothing about it until a couple of days before. He was shouting at me," he said. Mr Antoni alleged that, unless he got his grandmother to change her statement, Treynor said he would: "make his life hell."

The prosecutor said that Treynor also saw Mr Antoni's girlfriend, Tricia Flaherty, in the street the next day. He alleged Traynor told her that if her boyfriend's grandmother identified him she should: "Watch out for her kids." He said: "He was trying to put the pressure on so that he was not identified at an identity parade."

The jury was told that Traynor of Bramingham Road, Luton admitted burgling Mrs Beer's home on 22 February this year. He was convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice on 29 March this year and doing acts tending to pervert the course of justice on 30 March this year.

When he was arrested Treyor told the police the allegations were all rubbish and the witnesses were making it up.

Judge Michael Kay QC also made a restraining order banning him from contacting the victims for 5 years. He said the victim had been present during the burglary and that perverting the course of justice was a "serious crime," because witnesses had to be free to come to give evidence in crown court with fear of threats or intimidation.

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