Jail for three strikes burglar

JAILED: Dean Knight.

JAILED: Dean Knight.

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Regional Chief Reporter

A SO-CALLED “third strike” burglar has been jailed by a judge for two-and-half years.

Teesside Crown Court heard how Dean Knight was caught red-handed by police after a neighbour saw him and another man, Michael Swan, break into a house in Charles Street, Middlesbrough.

Prosecutor Michael Bosomworth said a padlock was used to smash a rear window. He said: “It wasn’t the most professional of jobs, both ended up with cuts to their face.”

Mr Bosomworth said when police arrived Knight opened the door of the property to them. He said while nothing was stolen, there had been an untidy search and items including a television and games console had been moved in order that they could be taken.

Swan, meanwhile, was arrested after he was found in an alleyway to the rear of the house keeping a lookout.

Knight, 28, of Crescent Road, Middlesbrough, had been on bail when he broke into the home on April 2 this year.

The defendant, who has two previous convictions for burglary of a dwelling, admitted burglary and a separate offence of possessing an offensive weapon.

Both Knight and Swan, who also admitted burglary, had lengthy criminal records with Swan’s first appearance coming before the youth court in 1992.

Rebecca Dyson, for Knight, said he had been a heroin addict, but now had his addiction under control.

Peter Kilgour, for 34-year-old Swan, of West Lane, Middlesbrough, said his offending had slowed down and he had shown a positive response when supervised by the probation service.

Knight was jailed for two and-a-half years, while Swan received a six month jail term, suspended for two years, and an 18 month supervision order.

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10:53am Wed 13 Aug 14

ian923 says...

Nowhere near long enough sentences and the suspended sentence is an absolute joke! Both had lengthy criminal records and were not breaking into commercial premises but a dwelling house. The only way to stop such offences is to give long sentences. In the 60's the norm was 3 years for a daytime house burglary even if it was first offence( meaning only first time caught) and 5 years if it was between 9pm and 6am. That,s what I call deterrent sentences. There were no early releases on tag either. The do gooders have infiltrated the justice system and softened attitudes. It,s time to revert to deterrent sentences particularly for house burglars who cause such devastation.
Nowhere near long enough sentences and the suspended sentence is an absolute joke! Both had lengthy criminal records and were not breaking into commercial premises but a dwelling house. The only way to stop such offences is to give long sentences. In the 60's the norm was 3 years for a daytime house burglary even if it was first offence( meaning only first time caught) and 5 years if it was between 9pm and 6am. That,s what I call deterrent sentences. There were no early releases on tag either. The do gooders have infiltrated the justice system and softened attitudes. It,s time to revert to deterrent sentences particularly for house burglars who cause such devastation. ian923
  • Score: 5

10:53am Wed 13 Aug 14

ian923 says...

Nowhere near long enough sentences and the suspended sentence is an absolute joke! Both had lengthy criminal records and were not breaking into commercial premises but a dwelling house. The only way to stop such offences is to give long sentences. In the 60's the norm was 3 years for a daytime house burglary even if it was first offence( meaning only first time caught) and 5 years if it was between 9pm and 6am. That,s what I call deterrent sentences. There were no early releases on tag either. The do gooders have infiltrated the justice system and softened attitudes. It,s time to revert to deterrent sentences particularly for house burglars who cause such devastation.
Nowhere near long enough sentences and the suspended sentence is an absolute joke! Both had lengthy criminal records and were not breaking into commercial premises but a dwelling house. The only way to stop such offences is to give long sentences. In the 60's the norm was 3 years for a daytime house burglary even if it was first offence( meaning only first time caught) and 5 years if it was between 9pm and 6am. That,s what I call deterrent sentences. There were no early releases on tag either. The do gooders have infiltrated the justice system and softened attitudes. It,s time to revert to deterrent sentences particularly for house burglars who cause such devastation. ian923
  • Score: 1

12:19pm Wed 13 Aug 14

crackoneoff says...

Let's hope he forgets and
Drops
the odd bar of soap in the showers as brown major will have a field day.
Let's hope he forgets and Drops the odd bar of soap in the showers as brown major will have a field day. crackoneoff
  • Score: 2

1:17pm Wed 13 Aug 14

oliviaden6 says...

WHAT are these Courts Magistrats and Judges doing to OUR Society, Is it not time that we the public were listened to. The sentencing regime is broken and needs fixing, give these felons a sentence that is going to hurt them hard, you cannot fool around with these individuals you may as well not have a prison system the way things are going. There is no deterrent or punishment anymore enough is enough. Give the public some hope of protection and give the police something of a back up when they catch the felons, it must be soul destroying for us all and the police.
WHAT are these Courts Magistrats and Judges doing to OUR Society, Is it not time that we the public were listened to. The sentencing regime is broken and needs fixing, give these felons a sentence that is going to hurt them hard, you cannot fool around with these individuals you may as well not have a prison system the way things are going. There is no deterrent or punishment anymore enough is enough. Give the public some hope of protection and give the police something of a back up when they catch the felons, it must be soul destroying for us all and the police. oliviaden6
  • Score: 3

9:30am Thu 14 Aug 14

grandmab says...

He is lucky he lives in the UK. If he lived in the USA he would have been jailed for life for a third conviction.
He is lucky he lives in the UK. If he lived in the USA he would have been jailed for life for a third conviction. grandmab
  • Score: 1

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