Man who bur­gled the home where he grew up is jailed

Rossendale Free Press - - Time-trip -

A BUR­GLAR has been jailed after a se­cond break in at the home where he grew up as a child.

A sen­tenc­ing hear­ing at Burn­ley Crown Court heard that Ryan Frank Shaw, 23, staged the ‘ex­tremely un­usual break in’ at a newly re­fur­bished house on Alder Lane, Rawten­stall dur­ing the morn­ing of Oc­to­ber 26 this year.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Emma Ke­hoe told the court that the cou­ple who owned the house re­turned at 1pm to find a brick had been thrown through a kitchen win­dow and that draw­ers and cup­boards had been searched and the con­tents had been left strewn around the floor.

Miss Ke­hoe said: “Po­lice of­fi­cers traced Shaw after they found a spot of blood on a shard of glass on the kitchen work sur­face.

“He was ar­rested and ●● Ryan Shaw made full ad­mis­sions about his guilt.”

The court heard that Shaw, of West View, Hasling­den, who has six pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for 15 of­fences, was a ‘three-strike’ bur­glar and so would face a longer min­i­mum sen­tence.

De­fend­ing Shaw, Kris­tian Ca­vanagh said the case was ‘very un­usual’ as the prop­erty was Shaw’s for­mer child­hood home which he as­so­ci­ated ‘with hap­pier times’.

He had pre­vi­ously bro­ken into the house in Sep­tem­ber 2016 when he left the home­owner, who had since sold the prop­erty, ter­ri­fied after she re­turned home to find him ran­sack­ing her house.

On that oc­ca­sion Shaw had again smashed his way through a win­dow with a brick and stole jew­ellery, an X-Box, lap­top, iPod and dock­ing sta­tion.

How­ever he was caught ‘red-handed’ when the owner re­turned and left her ter­ri­fied when he shouted at her to get out of her own house.

For that bur­glary he was jailed for 32 months.

Mr Ca­vanagh said that dur­ing the most re­cent bur­glary his client ‘had the op­por­tu­nity to steal items within the house but didn’t’.

He added that his client, who had ear­lier pleaded guilty to one count of bur­glary, was de­ter­mined to ad­dress his prob­lems while in cus­tody.

The court heard that the cou­ple af­fected by the lat­est home in­va­sion were find­ing it dif­fi­cult to live there after the trauma of the bur­glary.

Judge Jonathan Gib­son jailed Shaw for three years and said the crime was a ‘very un­usual set of cir­cum­stances’.

After be­ing jailed, Shaw who ap­peared via video link from Pre­ston Prison asked if he could ad­dress the court.

He said: “I’d like to apol­o­gise to the vic­tims. I’d like to write to them or see them face to face to say sorry.

“I didn’t mean to ruin their lives with my ac­tions. I’m sorry.” Di­van Bed Hand­made Har­ri­son Beds TELE­PHONE 01282 433000

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