A burglar who broke into a family home soon after he came off a police tagging scheme has been jailed for 18 months.
Paul Farrell, 27, was released from a prison sentence last October and volunteered to be part of the GPS tagging scheme for persistent offenders, but his lawyer Michael Devlin told Bradford Crown Court that his client’s tag was removed in January because the police were satisfied with his progress.
In the middle of the night on January 24 however Farrell broke into the home of a woman and her young child on Emscote Avenue in Halifax and stole property worth over £500 including a television, DVDs and ornaments
The court heard that the mother and child were asleep upstairs, but they were not disturbed during the early hours break-in.
Back in August 2013 Farrell, of Kings Court, Akeds Road, Halifax, had been jailed for 16 months for burgling the home of a 92-year-old woman.
Farrell admitted the latest burglary offence when he appeared before Calderdale magistrates and Judge Peter Benson noted that the defendant had been socialising at the property earlier that day.
The judge said Farrell had abused that hospitality by smashing a window and gaining entry to the home in the early hours.
Mr Devlin said Farrell had had a problem with alcoholism throughout his adult life and had completely ruined the good progress he had made by committing the offence.