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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Burglar returned to criminal ways after death of his dad, Carlisle court told

A grief-stricken son returned to his old criminal ways following the death of his father.

But after hearing about his plight at Carlisle Crown Court, Judge Peter Hughes QC drew back from imposing a jail term on repeat burglar Mark Kenney.

At an earlier hearing, Kenney, 35, of Eldon Drive, Harraby, Carlisle, admitted a theft and two burglaries – one from a doctor’s surgery.

The court was told how Kenney stole scratch cards from the B&M store in Carlisle city centre.

His burglaries were at the city’s County Hotel and at the surgery in Port Road, near the Cumberland Infirmary.

In that raid, he stole prescriptions, one of which had been filled out.

Defence barrister Liz Muir told the judge: “Despite his appalling history in relation to burglary-related incidents, he has kept out of trouble since his release [from jail] on August 17, 2011 until January of this year. Unfortunately, his father died in December. Kenney described how he went off the rails, and went back to drugs in an attempt to deal with the grief.”

Judge Hughes imposed a nine month jail term, suspending it for two years, as well as 18 months of supervision and a 12-month drug rehabilitation order.

The court was earlier told that the Kenney’s criminal record included seven appearances for burglary and burglary-related offences, as well as a four-year jail term for supplying a class A drug.

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