Hull Crown Court sentencing

Hull man Joshua Taylor jailed for Anlaby Common burglary.

Joshua Taylor, 19, has been jailed for the burglary of a family home in Anlaby Common. He pleaded guilty to a  charge of handling stolen goods and has been  given a nine month custodial sentence.

The burglary took place on the 28 November 2016 at Spring Gardens, Anlaby Common. Various electrical items were stolen whilst the victims, Pauline and Keith Clark were asleep in bed, as were their two daughters .

Prosecutor Suzanne Moss spoke of Mrs. Clark’s distress, “she feels upset and frightened by the fact someone has been in their house while the family were in bed at the time. She says she feels worried and paranoid”.

Taylor was arrested in the early hours of that same morning at another property in Redbourne Street, Hull. The police had  entered the property to arrest co-accused Mr Nicklin on un-related matters but the defendant was also present at the address. Officers found various items linked to the nearby burglary, notably a “Window’s tablet” bearing Taylor’s fingerprints.

There where  two other men in the property when the police searched, Mr Nicklin and Callum Hilton. They were not charged as there was insufficient evidence against them. Judge Mark Berry expressed his surprise at this “somewhat generous decision by the Crown Prosecution System to not charge them”.

Taylor was also found to be in breach of a community order for an offence that took place just 10 days before. He had been stopped in his car in Bridlington in possession of a meat cleaver and kitchen knives.

Taylor has nine previous convictions for 16 offences, three of which were for dishonesty.

Defence barrister Stephen Robinson said,”it paints a bleak picture” but went on to explain that the defendant “has not had the best start in life mainly due to his involvement in the care system”. He also emphasised Taylor’s intentions to “make the most of his time in custody and embark on a training course”.

Judge Bury concluded: “You are 19. Your start in life has been somewhat bleak. If you are not careful, you will spend a lot of time in HM prison.”  He added, “this is a serious offence of handling the proceeds of a recent crime from a house burglary where a family and children where asleep in bed. It seems to me only a sentence of custody is justified.”

Taylor will spend the next nine months in custody in a young offenders institute, the remaining nine months of his sentence will be served on licence.

 

 

 

 

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