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East Lancs burglar struck at five properties in one night

Lancashire Telegraph: GARY McKAY GARY McKAY

A CAREER raider who went on a five-house spree on one night has been jailed for four years and eight months.

Burnley Crown Court was told how Gary McKay, 25, was a ‘third strike’ house burglar for the second time.

He had not long been released from a 876-day jail term when he went out thieving overnight on April 23 and 24.

McKay struck while victims were asleep, helping himself to property including cash and jewellery from homes in Barnoldswick.

The defendant, of Bankfield Terrace, Barnoldswick, admitted two charges of burglary and had asked for three burglary offences to be considered.

Stephen Parker, prosecuting, said McKay took money, jewellery and cigarettes from a house on Gisburn Road. The victim had gone to bed at about 10.40pm and next morning he discovered £110 missing from a purse and a carton of cigarettes had gone from a cupboard.

Entry had been gained by a window being smashed.

Mr Parker said the second victim, who lived on Richmond Road, found her iPhone missing and the back door open.

The defendant was given his first ‘three strike’ custodial sentence in January 2013 and was still subject to the unexpired portion when he went out house breaking again.

Sentencing, Judge Simon Newell said he was imposing a seven-year sentence, with one-third credit for a guilty plea.

The judge said the defendant would have been released in about February or March and his behaviour was very worrying for the court and the community in Barnoldswick.

Judge Newell told McKay: “It’s a chance as to who may be in when you break in a house at night. There is every chance that it could be somebody aged, or infirm or vulnerable, but you, as a burglar, take that chance.”

Judge Newell said ordinary, decent people could be left traumatised for week, months and years when their homes had been targeted.

He said: “There are not just financial consequences, but very serious physical consequences. It’s something that burglars don’t seem to take on board. The damage and devastation lives on long after sentence has been passed.”

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9:56am Mon 19 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

A seven year sentence with one third credit for guilty plea? WTF????
A seven year sentence with one third credit for guilty plea? WTF???? Steven Seagull
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10:50am Mon 19 May 14

yyy's1 says...

Lethal injection will stop him robbing. Only the solicitors benefit from this scumbag.
Lethal injection will stop him robbing. Only the solicitors benefit from this scumbag. yyy's1
  • Score: 7

2:19pm Mon 19 May 14

HarryBosch says...

Like I said in my post about prison the absconder - perhaps some people are not fit to ever be released!
Like I said in my post about prison the absconder - perhaps some people are not fit to ever be released! HarryBosch
  • Score: 6

3:09pm Mon 19 May 14

noddy57 says...

these scum bags deserve nothing but contempt and humiliation for the rest of their days, there is not much one can say about house burglars apart from them being vermin of the worst kind,, what is 4 years for an habitual scroat ? he will be back out in 2 years to carry out more heartbreak on innocent families. l think the one of the previous posts had the perfect solution ,,a lethal injection.
these scum bags deserve nothing but contempt and humiliation for the rest of their days, there is not much one can say about house burglars apart from them being vermin of the worst kind,, what is 4 years for an habitual scroat ? he will be back out in 2 years to carry out more heartbreak on innocent families. l think the one of the previous posts had the perfect solution ,,a lethal injection. noddy57
  • Score: 6

4:12pm Mon 19 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

Surprise surprise, I criticise the LT for removing comments on another burglar story and that comment also gets removed!!!!

I didn't know that Kim Jong Un had taken over the editor's job at the LT.
Surprise surprise, I criticise the LT for removing comments on another burglar story and that comment also gets removed!!!! I didn't know that Kim Jong Un had taken over the editor's job at the LT. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 5

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