08:00 Monday 13 January 2014

Judge's jibe as he jails hapless burglar who has been caught and prosecuted 27 times before

Written byPETER RICHARDSON

His Honour JUDGE MARK EADES(Robert Mark Eades)A Circuit Court JudgeAssigned to the Midlands CircuitUniversal Pictorial Press PhotoUGL 018387/B-26a 12.06.2001 *** Local Caption *** . His Honour JUDGE MARK EADES(Robert Mark Eades)A Circuit Court JudgeAssigned to the Midlands CircuitUniversal Pictorial Press PhotoUGL 018387/B-26a 12.06.2001 *** Local Caption *** .

A BURGLAR with 27 convictions was told by a judge: “You’re obviously not very good at it”.

Lee Murray caused £1,500 damage when he broke into one of Burton’s historic alms houses.

He was caught climbing out of a broken window empty-handed after a neighbour alerted police.

The house in Wellington Street was the home of an elderly woman who was away on holiday, Stafford Crown Court heard.

Paul Spratt, prosecuting, said it was a listed building of architectural or historic significance. The cost of replacing the window was £1,500.

Judge Mark Eades told burglar Murray, 29: “You’ve got a record of 27 previous offences – you are obviously not very good at it and you get caught.”

He jailed drug addict Murray, of no fixed address, for eight months after he admitted burglary with intent to steal.

The judge said: “You targeted an alms house causing significant damage to a listed building.

“It’s the sort of burglary that is feckless without any real planning, but causes the householder real anxiety.

“She was elderly and now has to face the fact an intruder has broken into her home.”

Paul Cliff, defending, said Murray did not know the victim was an elderly woman or that her home was a listed building.

“At the time of the offence he was homeless. He has a history of drug addiction.” he told the court.

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