‘It is time to send you to prison for as long as pos­si­ble’

Rossendale Free Press - - News -

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.

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