Drunken burglar is spared prison

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A MAN who had turned to crime at the age of just 12 was caught after committing a burglary.

A court heard Jack Blower had drunk large amounts of vodka before breaking into the house in Everest Road and stealing a TV and DVDs.

After hearing about 21-year-old Blower’s life and being told that he had found his time in custody on remand “awful” a judge said that he would impose a 36-week jail sentence but suspended it for 18 months. He also placed him under supervision for 18 months with attendance on an alcohol rehabilitation course.

Blower, of Prescott Street, Leigh, pleaded guilty to burglary and twice breaching bail by failing to attend court.

Ken Grant, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that Blower broke into the house on February 3. After untidily searching rooms he left with the stolen property but was spotted and arrested nearby. When interviewed he said he had been drinking vodka and had little recollection of events.

The court heard that he has 10 previous convictions for 18 offences.

Judge Nigel Gilmour, QC, pointed out that the victim, a single mum, had stated how returning to find her home raided had left her “feeling sick and scared to live in my own house.”

“You are responsible for those feelings,” said the judge and he warned. “If you continue to drink as much as you do your liver will pack up and you will have an uncomfortable early death.”

Paul Treble, defending, said: “He is deeply ashamed and deeply remorseful.”

He said he had a troubled start to his life, has mental health problems and had sought solace in alcohol. At the time he had been living an itinerant lifestyle which explained his previous court absences.