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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Parents help keep Carlisle burglar out of prison

A teenage burglar who broke into three Carlisle properties on one night was saved from a jail sentence – thanks to his mum and dad.

A judge at Carlisle Crown Court said the best way of keeping 19-year-old Jack Little out of trouble was to send him back to live with the parents, who are prepared to go to “inordinate lengths” to help him give up drugs and crime.

The court heard that Little – who had a string or previous convictions for offences including theft, criminal damage and causing grievous bodily harm – got into two houses in Ness Way, Morton, when their owners were asleep.

In the first he took cash and a mobile phone, and in the second at a house nearby he forced a connecting door to the built-in garage but didn’t take anything.

He also forced open a garage door at another property and stole a bicycle.

Prosecutor Alan Lovett told the court Little, of Richmond Green, Morton West, Carlisle, admitted what he had done as soon as he was arrested. He told police he was out of work and needed money to buy the cannabis to which he was addicted, he said.

In court yesterday he pleaded guilty to two charges of burglary and asked for the third to be taken into consideration.

In mitigation defence barrister Greg Hoare told the court that Little was “at one of those crossroads moments” which would affect the rest of his life.

“It would appear that there is at last a degree of commitment to change things,” he said.

Mr Hoare said the best thing Little had going for him was his supportive family.

With Little’s father sitting in the court’s public gallery, Judge Barbara Forrester said she was willing to give the teenager “one last chance” to reform.

“They are willing to go to inordinate lengths to help you,” she told him.

Little was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years and put under a curfew to keep him at home every night for the next three months.

He was also put under a drug rehabilitation programme that will see him returning to court every month for his progress to be monitored.

 

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