Bur­glar was ‘driven to steal by be­com­ing a dad’

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

A DAD who bur­gled a home while the fam­ily slept up­stairs told to a court he had been mo­ti­vated by the birth of his new­born baby.

Christo­pher Ry­der, 22, was jailed for two years and six months af­ter ad­mit­ting bur­glary and theft of a fam­ily home in Clay­ton-le-Moors.

Ry­der, of Hend­ford Drive, Brad­ford, broke into the home with Nathan James Shields, 21, in the early hours of March 5 while a fam­ily with young chil­dren were sleep­ing.

The court was told that Ry­der and Shields en­tered the home on Clay­ton Way and stole an iPad and £20 cash be­fore mak­ing off in the fam­ily’s Ford Fo­cus.

Po­lice were alerted to the theft shortly af­ter 3am by the fam­ily and the car was picked up trav­el­ling along the M62 at 3.55am.

A pur­suit en­sued which ended on the A672 when the car crashed and over­turned, Burn­ley Crown Court was told.

The de­fen­dants got out of the ve­hi­cle and handed them­selves over to po­lice who re­cov­ered the stolen items from in­side the car.

Cam Deh­sei, de­fend­ing, said that Ry­der re­gret­ted his ac­tions and added that he was ‘de­ter­mined’ to change.

He said: “He went with the in­ten­tion to steal and he ac­cepts that and pleaded guilty at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity

“The of­fender was fi­nan­cially mo­ti­vated by the birth of his child, he has said that he needed to get some money to­gether for his fam­ily.

“He re­grets the life he had led so far, the ma­jor­ity of his teenage years have been spent in a cus­to­dial en­vi­ron­ment.

“He is de­ter­mined for his fam­ily and so­ci­ety to change. He has of­fered his sin­cere apolo­gies to those who he has of­fended against.”

Shields pleaded guilty to the same charges.

Sen­tenc­ing Judge Lunt said that Ry­der’s ac­tions had had a ‘dev­as­tat­ing’ ef­fect on the vic­tims.

She said: “You have a bad record for some­one who is 22.

“Prison is not do­ing you good, you’re 22 and you look a lot older.

“You have got to stop this, you were a ju­ve­nile when you started of­fend­ing and you are a man now, you have got to start act­ing like one.”

Judge Lunt added: “Hear­ing some­one bang­ing in your home in the mid­dle of the night is ter­ri­fy­ing, there were chil­dren in the house and a woman in the house, they will feel in­se­cure for years.

“Bur­glary has a dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect.”

Shields of Bren­don Walk, Brad­ford is due to be sen­tenced at Burn­ley Crown Court on Fri­day, July 31.

Christo­pher Ry­der

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