Man bur­gled flat on same day of his re­lease from jail

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A ha­bit­ual house­breaker is back be­hind bars – af­ter break­ing into a prop­erty on the same day he was re­leased from prison.

Ray­mond Hart­ley, 28, from Coat­bridge, pleaded guilty at Air­drie Sher­iff Court last week to break­ing into a flat in Jack­son Court on July 14, with in­tent to steal.

Prose­cu­tor Agnes Meek told the court:“At 6pm the home­owner left the flat se­cured.

“Po­lice were called later that evening af­ter re­ports that a door had been forced open.

“When they at­tended they found Hart­ley in the bed­room. He told of­fi­cers that he had kicked the door in as he thought it was a mate’s house.”

De­fence lawyer John McGeechan said of his client:“He had been in cus­tody. His pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions have been mainly for theft and dis­hon­esty-re­lated of­fences to feed his drug prob­lem.

“He knows what the con­se­quences are. He had only been re­leased from prison that day and was look­ing for some­where to stay the night.

“It was good po­lice work that caught him in the house.”

Jail­ing Hart­ley, Sher­iff Derek O’Car­roll told him:“You have an un­en­vi­able record which makes this of­fence se­ri­ous by its very na­ture.

“You will be given credit for the fact you pleaded guilty at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity. You would nor­mally have been sen­tenced to 24 months but I will re­duce it to 17 months.”

Hart­ley’s sen­tence was back­dated to July 26, when he was first re­manded in cus­tody.

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