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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Cumbrian career criminal loses sentence appeal

A career criminal who ransacked a remote house while the owner was taking her children to school has been told by top judges he deserved every day of his jail term.

Paul Michael Millar, who has a long record of previous convictions, broke into the house at Edenhall, near Penrith, and stole jewellery of great sentimental value.

The 52-year-old, of no fixed address, was jailed for four-and-a-half years at Carlisle Crown Court last November, after admitting burglary.

Yesterday he challenged his sentence at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, with his lawyers arguing it was “too long” for his crime.

But his appeal was dismissed by three of the country’s most senior judges, who said his sentence was “stern”, but “not excessive”.

The court heard Millar broke into the isolated house on March 21 last year. When the woman returned home with her three-year-old child she found the place in chaos.

Millar was traced through his fingerprints.

Lawyers for Millar argued that the crown court judge had given too much weight to his bad criminal record when sentencing him for this single offence.

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