Se­rial bur­glar jailed af­ter fin­ger­prints left at scene

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

A BUR­GLAR who had a change of heart half­way through a break-in has been jailed de­spite not steal­ing any­thing.

Se­rial bur­glar Alan Cuer­don (33), of Figtree Walk, Dogsthorpe, Peter­bor­ough, started to break into a house on Edge­cote Close, Raven­sthorpe at 2am on June 13.

How­ever, af­ter reach­ing into the house through a win­dow left open for the owner’s cat, he had a “moment of clar­ity” and turned away, with­out tak­ing any prop­erty.

He left fin­ger­prints at the scene, and was ar­rested a week later.

At a hear­ing at Peter­bor­ough Crown Court on Mon­day, Judge Neil McKit­trick told Cuer­don that the law only al­lowed a prison sen­tence.

The court heard that Cuer­don had a long his­tory of bur­glary of­fences dat­ing back to 1993 and had served a num­ber of prison sen­tences in the past.

But An­gus Bun­yon, de­fend­ing, told the court: “He pleaded guilty at the first op­por­tu­nity.

“It was a pretty ran­dom at­tempt, and he had a change of heart part way through. He said it was a moment of clar­ity for him and he never ac­tu­ally en­tered the prop­erty. He has not been con­victed for bur­glary since 2005, de­spite his unattrac­tive record.”

Judge McKit­trick sen­tenced Cuer­don to 876 days in prison for one count of bur­glary with in­tent to steal and said: “I sus­pect your real prob­lem has been drugs. The law means that I must sen­tence you to prison, even though you did not steal any­thing.”

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