Cat bur­glar who stole from 140 homes loses ap­peal over jail term

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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

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