A teenage burglar who was involved in a break-in at a Halifax flat has been locked up after a judge told him the courts had “bent over backwards” to keep him out of custody.
The youngster, who was just 15 at the time of the burglary last month, committed the offence with two older men, but he was the only one locked up after Judge Jonathan Rose said he had repeatedly offended even after being made the subject of youth rehabilitation orders.
The boy, now aged 16, cannot be identified for legal reasons, but Judge Rose said he was in very different position to his co-defendants who were each given 12-month community orders for their roles in the burglary.
Prosecutor Robert Galley told Bradford Crown Court that the owner of the flat was not at home when the boy and his accomplices forced their way into the locked premises in Range Court, Boothtown, and stole his mountain bike.
The court heard that the bike as later recovered and at an earlier court hearing the teenager admitted the burglary together with 18-year-old Karl Dickinson and 24-year-old Kieran O’Brien.
O’Brien, of Range Lane, Boothtown, and Dickinson, of Church Road, Huddersfield, were given 12-month community order.
Dickinson will have to do 100 hours unpaid work for the community while O’Brien will be subject to a four-month home curfew between 7pm and 7am.
Judge Rose told both of them that they could face a year in custody if they breached their community orders.
The judge told the 16-year-old that a previous period on remand had had no impact on him whatsoever and there came a time when society was entitled to expect the court to say enough is enough.
“As far as you are concerned today is that day,” he told the youngster.
He sentenced the teenager to eight months detention for the burglary and revoked any outstanding rehabilitation orders.
Barrister Ken Green, for the teenager, submitted that there were signs that he was maturing and that if he was given further opportunity he may be able to stay out of trouble.