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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Serial Carlisle burglar jailed for three years

A serial burglar who lived in a tent has been jailed for three years for his latest raid.

Ian Moorhead, 51, of Carlisle, received the stiff sentence after notching another conviction on a record labelled “appalling”.

Moorhead, who was living in a tent in Raffles Avenue, Raffles, at the time of the burglary, targeted the home of a doctor, making off with a bag containing cash and property including his stethoscope.

Beccy McGregor, prosecuting, told the court the doctor left his house off the city’s Newtown Road on May 13 and returned early in June to find his window was open.

“His bag was found in the rear lane behind his property,” she said.

Miss McGregor said someone had been seen in this area trying a door handle and Moorhead had been spotted looking through a window at another house.

“His fingerprints were found on the inside of the doctor’s address,” she added.

Moorhead admitted burglary. He also pleaded guilty to stealing a sandwich from the Spar shop in Newtown Road.

His barrister, Elizabeth Muir, described him as a “man with a lengthy drug issue”.

“He is a man who is capable of staying out of trouble,” she added. “He’s not been in trouble between 2010 and 2014.”

Judge Paul Batty QC, passing sentence, said Moorhead had appeared before courts 55 times, mostly for dishonesty offences.

His previous crimes included 14 house burglaries.

“You have a quite appalling criminal record,” said Judge Batty.

“You knew exactly what you were doing. You were looking for a suitable place to burgle.”

Moorhead received a three-year jail sentence for the burglary and a one-month sentence, to run concurrently, for the theft from Spar.

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