Middlesbrough man unable to take up job offer as he is jailed

Darlington and Stockton Times: Teesside Crown Court Teesside Crown Court

A TEENAGER has been jailed for 18 months after committing his third burglary in a row.

However, Judge George Moorhouse agreed that it would be unjust to jail Richard Smith for three years – the minimum given to “three strikes and you're out” burglars.

This was because the housing association property in Marton Grove, Middlesbrough, which accounted for his third burglary on November 16 last year, was already said to have been entered by other trespassers.

It had lain empty at the time and was boarded up.

Andrew Turton, mitigating, said Smith, who admitted the burglaries, lacked maturity and was at a crossroads in his life.

He said: “He has a history of instability and was drinking and taking cannabis to excess.”

The 18-year-old, of Dean Road, Grove Hill, Middlesbrough, had been offered a job working on a gas plant in the north of Scotland, the barrister said.

However, Judge Moorhouse, sitting at Teesside Crown Court, chose to immediately jail Smith, whose pregnant partner was in court.

The teenager would serve his sentence in a young offenders' institution, he said.

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11:59am Tue 11 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

In the USA it is ...******'Three strikes**** and you are out for a long, long, time'. In Britains 'pathetic soft liberal orientated' so called 'Criminal Justice System' its......... 3,333 Strikes and you are still not out. The answer ' long term, hard labour Boot Camps on Dartmoor', then you will see you crime incidents nosedive. After one 'half hours of pure graft, they will; be begging and whinging that 'their poor backs are killing them and its against their 'pathetic criminal liberal party backed human-rights',
In the USA it is ...******'Three strikes**** and you are out for a long, long, time'. In Britains 'pathetic soft liberal orientated' so called 'Criminal Justice System' its......... 3,333 Strikes and you are still not out. The answer ' long term, hard labour Boot Camps on Dartmoor', then you will see you crime incidents nosedive. After one 'half hours of pure graft, they will; be begging and whinging that 'their poor backs are killing them and its against their 'pathetic criminal liberal party backed human-rights', cushybutterfield
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12:00pm Tue 11 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

So all of a sudden he gets a so called 'Job Offer'...........Eh
So all of a sudden he gets a so called 'Job Offer'...........Eh cushybutterfield
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12:48pm Tue 11 Mar 14

ian923 says...

A soft sentence by Judge Moorhouse.This criminal should have been given the three years in jail otherwise sentencing guidelines are a joke. I bet if investigations were made the "job offer" was also a joke.I hope the CPS appeal this soft sentence.The fact his girlfriend is pregnant should never be accepted as mitigation.
A soft sentence by Judge Moorhouse.This criminal should have been given the three years in jail otherwise sentencing guidelines are a joke. I bet if investigations were made the "job offer" was also a joke.I hope the CPS appeal this soft sentence.The fact his girlfriend is pregnant should never be accepted as mitigation. ian923
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3:26pm Tue 11 Mar 14

settheworldonfire says...

Hard labour plus no tv-s or playstations.....Bre
ad and water as well or is that too extreme....
Hard labour plus no tv-s or playstations.....Bre ad and water as well or is that too extreme.... settheworldonfire
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4:09pm Tue 11 Mar 14

punkrocker says...

make the judge do the other half of his sentence
make the judge do the other half of his sentence punkrocker
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