Cat burglar who stole from 140 homes loses appeal over jail term
A PROFESSIONAL cat burglar who made shuttle runs to carry out raids in Poynton has lost his appeal against his 10-year jail sentence.
Prolific burglar Darryl Francis Kennedy, 52, of Weaste Road, Salford, was jailed at Chester Crown Court on August 15 last year.
He earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle.
Most of the burglaries happened in the Poynton, Wilmslow and Hale Barns areas.
Judge Nicholas Cooke QC told London’s Appeal Court: “About 140 houses were attacked and no doubt untold misery was caused.”
Items of ‘sentimental value’ were stolen in many of the break-ins and some took place at Christmas time, the court heard.
Kennedy’s lawyers argued his sentence was too tough and that he had not received full credit for his guilty plea.
But Judge Cooke said it was amongst the ‘worst conceivable cases’ of conspiracy to burgle.
Kennedy’s sentence had rightly been increased to reflect 10 other house burglaries which he had asked to be taken into consideration.
The judge, sitting with Lord Justice Beatson and Mr Justice Spencer, dismissed the appeal.
●● Darryl Kennedy