Jail for third-strike burglar

Connor Clatworthy
Connor Clatworthy

A man has been jailed after burgling a house while the owners and a baby slept.

Connor Clatworthy, 20, of Union Street, Halifax, had denied a charge of burglary at a house on Orion Street, Sowerby Bridge, but was found guilty after a trial.

A judge jailed him for three years and nine months on Monday at Bradford Crown Court, which heard it was his third burglary since 2009.

John Topham, prosecuting, said Clathworthy broke into the house during the night of July 30 while the owners and their two-year-old child slept.

He said Clathworthy stole a camera, money and a TV.

Mr Topham added the victims knew Clatworthy and had suspected him of carrying out the burglary.

Abigail Langford, mitigating, said Clathworthy was drunk on the night of the burlary and since being remanded in custody he had sought help for alcoholism.

Judge John Potter told Clathworthy he had a poor criminal record for his age.

He said: “Burglary is a particulary anti-social, unpleasant and an invasive crime which, in this case, was further aggravated by previous convictions and by the lack of sympathy you showed your victims who then had to endure cross-examination in court.”