Prison for Burnley serial burglar caught out by his DNA

A ‘PROLIFIC’ burglar who raided a family home as the victims slept, and drove off in one of their cars, has been jailed for 33 months.

Drug addict Mark Butterworth, 34, who forced a kitchen window in the middle of the night, was caught out when he dropped his cap just outside where he broke in, leaving his DNA.

Butterworth, who was banned from driving, was pursued by police in the £3,000 Suzuki Grand Vitara vehicle, but got away, Burnley Crown Court was told.

Butterworth, a ‘three-strike burglar’, has such a long record that Judge Beverley Lunt said it would take her all day to read it.

She said the defendant had had every type of sentence going She said: “He’s a prolific burglar, a persistent taker of people’s vehicles, and a persistent disqualified driver.”

Butterworth, of Elgin Crescent, Burnley, had admitted burglary, taking a vehicle without consent, driving while disqualified, and driving without due care and attention, all on October 6. He asked for two offences to be considered.

Sarah Statham, prosecuting, said the victims, who lived in Chatburn, woke up to find their kitchen window had been forced open.

Only the kitchen had been entered, and a mobile telephone, and keys to two cars, a BMW X5 and the Suzuki Vitara, had been taken. The Suzuki, a recent gift, had gone.

Police were called and, within a couple of hours, officers in Burnley picked up the stolen vehicle in Colne Road. Two officers saw the defendant at the wheel, and recognised him.

They made it apparent they wanted him to stop, but he didn’t. He went over some grass and a pursuit, at slow speeds along residential terrace streets, followed.

Butterworth went down two ‘no entry’ roads, and through a junction without attempting to stop at the ‘give way’ signs. The vehicle was eventually seen to drive off at speed and it was later recovered.

Richard Taylor, for Butterworth, said he had had heroin problems. He had no idea where he was on the night of the off-ences.

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1:03pm Thu 13 Dec 12

HecticBigBoy says...

Another crime committed due to drugs, 33 months wont cure that, persistent offender .... 10 years might get the scum off the streets
Another crime committed due to drugs, 33 months wont cure that, persistent offender .... 10 years might get the scum off the streets HecticBigBoy

1:34pm Thu 13 Dec 12

George White Bread says...

I thought that the starting point for 3 strike burglars was 3 years?

Instead of scraping the barrel and try to defend the indefensible wouldn't it be refreshing to hear the defence solicitor/barrister say something along the lines of: "MY CLIENT IS TOTAL AND UTTER WASTER THAT WILL NEVER CONTRIBUTE ANYTHING POSITIVE TO SOCIETY, PLEASE INCARCERATE HIM FOR TWENTY YEARS".
I thought that the starting point for 3 strike burglars was 3 years? Instead of scraping the barrel and try to defend the indefensible wouldn't it be refreshing to hear the defence solicitor/barrister say something along the lines of: "MY CLIENT IS TOTAL AND UTTER WASTER THAT WILL NEVER CONTRIBUTE ANYTHING POSITIVE TO SOCIETY, PLEASE INCARCERATE HIM FOR TWENTY YEARS". George White Bread

2:37pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Common_Sense1 says...

He'll be out in about 10 months and go on to commit countless more crimes. Can't we just put him down?
He'll be out in about 10 months and go on to commit countless more crimes. Can't we just put him down? Common_Sense1

5:09pm Thu 13 Dec 12

DaveBurnley says...

Judge Lunt, the scourge of criminals. They must breathe a sigh of relief when they face her.
Judge Lunt, the scourge of criminals. They must breathe a sigh of relief when they face her. DaveBurnley

3:30am Fri 14 Dec 12

barryinthailand says...

George White Bread wrote:
I thought that the starting point for 3 strike burglars was 3 years?

Instead of scraping the barrel and try to defend the indefensible wouldn't it be refreshing to hear the defence solicitor/barrister say something along the lines of: "MY CLIENT IS TOTAL AND UTTER WASTER THAT WILL NEVER CONTRIBUTE ANYTHING POSITIVE TO SOCIETY, PLEASE INCARCERATE HIM FOR TWENTY YEARS".
And the defendant would probably walk out of court a free man as he wasnt given his right of defence. If on the other hand the accused said it, well.....he would probably walk out of court a free man as he had obviously seen the error of his ways and must be worth another "final chance"

Cant win really can ya
[quote][p][bold]George White Bread[/bold] wrote: I thought that the starting point for 3 strike burglars was 3 years? Instead of scraping the barrel and try to defend the indefensible wouldn't it be refreshing to hear the defence solicitor/barrister say something along the lines of: "MY CLIENT IS TOTAL AND UTTER WASTER THAT WILL NEVER CONTRIBUTE ANYTHING POSITIVE TO SOCIETY, PLEASE INCARCERATE HIM FOR TWENTY YEARS".[/p][/quote]And the defendant would probably walk out of court a free man as he wasnt given his right of defence. If on the other hand the accused said it, well.....he would probably walk out of court a free man as he had obviously seen the error of his ways and must be worth another "final chance" Cant win really can ya barryinthailand

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