Burglar wastes second chance

A SUFFOLK burglar who was let off jail after he saved a woman from a burning building has been unable to stay out of trouble.Barrie Massey was sentenced to two years in prison on December 21 last year after he admitted committing burglary and theft in Brandon, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

A SUFFOLK burglar who was let off jail after he saved a woman from a burning building has been unable to stay out of trouble.

Barrie Massey was sentenced to two years in prison on December 21 last year after he admitted committing burglary and theft in Brandon, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

However the sentence was suspended to “reward” the heroin addict for rescuing a woman from a blaze.

Charles Myatt, mitigating, said: “He had a very good year last year, he made good progress.


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“He was heroin free for most of the year and was rewarded by getting a suspended sentence and also because he came across a burning building one night and pulled the occupant from it. He almost certainly saved her life.”

But Robert Sadd, prosecuting, said Massey, 25, of Astor Court, Brandon breached the suspended sentence on March 21 by attempting to burgle a house in Brandon and by going equipped for burglary.

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Mr Sadd said a woman living alone heard noises in the early hours and discovered her patio door had been smashed and the offender had left blood at the scene. “She was very distressed,” he added.

A short while later 400 metres away a man found Massey in his back garden when a security light was triggered. The man restrained Massey and called the police.

Massey was “tooled up” with a screwdriver, glass hammer and socks. DNA evidence identified that the blood belonged found at the woman's address matched Masseys. Massey pleaded guilty to both offences.

Mr Myatt said Massey was a drug addict who had committed many burglaries to feed his habit. He said his offending behaviour had changed last year when he became drug free and had “one to one support” from a probation officer.

Mr Myatt said the officer went on sick leave and then changed jobs and Massey “relapsed” into taking drugs again.

He said Massey's relationship problems had added to his downward spiral and he had taken a cocktail of anti depressants and alcohol before committing the most recent offences.

Mr Myatt said: “He had no recollection of trying to break into the houses. He went on to auto pilot and woke up in hospital handcuffed to a police officer.”

Judge John Holt heard that Massey expected to be jailed and realised he would miss the birth of his first child in October as well as the child's first birthday.

Judge Holt jailed Massey for two years for attempted burglary and going equipped and activated the suspended sentence, which meant Massey was jailed for a total of four years.

Judge Holt said: “The attempted burglary was not on the spur of the moment but pre-meditated and that put you in breach of the suspended sentence.”

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