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Burglar jailed after vandalising empty Burnley house
10:53am Monday 2nd July 2012 in News
A RAIDER who ‘vandalised’ an empty house and caused damage worth £1,800 is behind bars for 24 weeks.
Burnley magistrates heard how Ben Kenyon, 30, had struck at a property which was usually rented out ‘on the spur of the moment’.
Police found a window had been smashed, the kitchen floor was wet and the boiler was hanging off the wall. Wiring was missing, the bathroom radiator was in the bath and piping had been cut.
Damage to the boiler and copper piping came to the tune of £1,480 and to £286 for the wiring.
Kenyon, who had a record which included break-ins, admitted burglary on May 17 at the property on Hanover Street, Colne.
Richard Taylor, for Kenyon, of Albert Road, Colne, said: “Drugs have blighted him throughout his life.”
Mr Taylor said the Kenyon had been given a 12-month supervision order for vehicle interference on June 20. The burglary pre-dated that offence and he had not yet had his first appointment.
He added that Kenyon was well aware custodial options would be considered. Mr Taylor said the defendant, who had significant problems in his life and was on benefits, could be given a concurrent supervision order.
District Judge Peter Ward told Kenyon his behaviour amounted to vandalism of the property. An aggravating feature was that he had a ‘significant record, including burglaries’.
He added: “A lot of trouble and inconvenience, as well as expense, was caused to the owner of this particular property.”
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