‘It is time to send you to prison for as long as possible’
JUDGE Beverley Lunt said Robert Halliwell had caused ‘untold distress and anxiety’ to the victims.
Sentencing, she said: “You are just a menace to anyone who owns a home or who lives in a home.
“You go in, you steal significant valued items and items of sentimental value that are never recovered, you ransack properties and cause untold distress and anxiety to the owners of these homes and you terrified this woman who found you in her house.
“The time has now come when the only thing to do is to punish you and send you to prison for as long as possible in order to protect the public and their property.”
Defence barrister Hayley Bennett said Halliwell ‘expressed shame and remorse’ and his only mitigation was his early guilty plea.
She told the court how Halliwell had been released from his last jail sentence in December 2016 and was initially ‘doing well abstaining from drugs and alcohol’ and had sought counselling.
However the court heard that he broke up with his long-term partner in August 2017, became homeless and ‘went on a spree’ after buying vodka and heroin.