Bur­glar stole heir­looms from vic­tims

Halifax Courier - - Yourcourier - By Court Reporter

Ahouse­bur­glar­whos­tole trea­sured­heir­loom­san­dother prop­erty in a se­ries of night-time break-ins has been jailed for morethanthree­years. Stephen Paine, 39, pleaded guilty to three of­fences of house bur­glary when he ap­peared at Brad­ford Crown Court last week via a video link to Leeds prison where he had been re­manded in cus­tody.

Paine, who had pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for house bur­glary, was re­manded af­ter his ar­rest in­con­nec­tion­with­three­breakins in Hal­i­fax.

The court heard that all three bur­glar­ies took place in the middle of the night while the house­hold­ers were asleep.

Pros­e­cu­tor Alisha Kaye said dur­ing one of the at­tacks Paine stole a bracelet which had been handed down as an heir­loom from the com­plainant’s late grand­mother and mother.

Paine, of Roth­ery Court, Cross­ley Gar­dens, Pel­lon, also snatched a watch which had been a 50th birth­day present.

In an­other bur­glary Paine took var­i­ous prop­erty in­clud­ing a cam­era which con­tained per­sonal pho­to­graphs.

Mis­sKay­ere­ferred­tovic­tim im­pact­state­mentsin­whichthe com­plainants de­scribed the ef­fect of the break-ins.

The­wom­an­whose­jew­ellery and watch were stolen said she had been left “heart­bro­ken” by th­elos­soft­heit­em­swhich­could never be re­placed.

An­other vic­tim couldn’t af­ford to buy a re­place­ment key for their car and an­other said she­felt­dis­gust­edthat­some­one had been in her house.

Paine’sso­lic­i­torad­vo­cateRachim Singh said he had pleaded guilty within a month of the of­fend­ing and re­alised he now facedasig­nif­i­can­t­jailsen­tence.

He said Paine had started tak­ing Class A drugs again and couldn’t fund that ad­dic­tion through le­git­i­mate means.

Mr Singh said Paine had apol­o­gised for the of­fences but that would be lit­tle com­fort to the com­plainants.

Jail­ing Paine for 40 months Judge Jonathan Rose said the stolen heir­looms would have been sold on for “a pit­tance” so that he could buy drugs.

Judge Rose said Paine had anap­pallingrecord­forvi­o­lat­ing peo­ple’shome­sand­sto­len­their prop­erty and mem­o­ries while they slept in their beds.

Stephen Paine

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