A burglar who broke into a doctor’s house in Hipperholme while the occupiers were asleep in bed has been jailed for more than three years.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC described 38-year-old Paul Horner as ‘a career criminal’ after highlighting his previous convictions for house burglary and the various prison sentences he had served over the past decade.
Horner’s latest crime, which was committed in February, meant he qualified for a minimum prison term of at least three years under the so-called ‘’three strikes’’ legislation and Judge Durham Hall sentenced him to 44 months in jail.
The father-of-one, of Whinney Hill Park, Brighouse, was arrested within hours of the break-in and prosecutor Simon Haring told Bradford Crown Court that stolen jewellery, cash and Marks and Spencer vouchers were found at his home.
Horner also admitted possessing a small quantity of heroin.
Horner only pleaded guilty to the burglary charge when his case was due to be tried last month and Judge Durham Hall said he could only have a limited amount of credit for that change of heart.
Lawyer Chris Haddock, for Horner, said he hated himself for his offending and had become institutionalised over the years. He described Horner as ‘a lamb’ when he was serving his sentences, but said he was ‘a fish out of water’ on the outside.
But Judge Durham Hall said Horner had admitted a serious offence of burglary which had involved the targeting of a large detached home of a doctor.