‘De­fen­dant’s part­ner had lost baby at time of crime’

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DE­FENCE bar­ris­ter Clare Thomas said Kieran Devlin had just lost his un­born baby at the time of the bur­glary.

She told the court: “He has a lengthy record and has served some lengthy cus­to­dial sen­tences in the past.

“At the time of this of­fence the de­fen­dant de­scribes ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a dif­fi­cult pe­riod in his life.

“His part­ner had mis­car­ried their child and that had a very se­ri­ous ef­fect upon him.

“He is some­body who had a frac­tured re­la­tion­ship with his own par­ents and he didn’t deal with his grief well. He re­turned to drink­ing and tak­ing drugs which had blighted his life. He is thor­oughly ashamed of him­self and wishes to apol­o­gise through me. He was liv­ing with his part­ner in Ac­cring­ton. They had some dif­fi­cul­ties there and had to move to the Black­pool area to get away.”

Sen­tenc­ing, Judge Sara Dodd said: “Hav­ing made a very poor start in terms of of­fend­ing you man­aged to put your life in some sort of or­der for a very sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod of time.

“The events which led you to turn back to crime I’ve no doubt were very trau­matic, but the way in which you han­dled your grief just can­not be con­doned.”

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