‘Mean’ Chorley burglar targeted sick man spared jail

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A “MEAN” burglar, who targeted a home in sheltered accommodation while he knew the owner was in hospital, has been spared jail so he can address his drug habit.

Daniel Cunningham, 22, was with at least one accomplice when he targeted the flat in Stone House, Chorley, and stole a bank card belonging to the man who lived there.

You have not had the benefit of a drug treatment requirement being imposed. Most of your offending is drug related.

He then went to draw out £90 of the man’s money and split it with the other man – who has never been identified – spending his own share on drugs.

Cunningham, of Primrose Street, Chorley, was identified on CCTV after gaining entry through an unsecured window and admitted he had broken in when he was quizzed by police.

He pleaded guilty to burglary.

Recorder Tim Ryder, sentencing at Preston Crown Court said: “Your defence (barrister), Tom Lord, was quite right when he properly described this as a thoroughly mean offence.

“You have been the subject of community punishments and sentences on at least four occasions and on each one you have breached, been brought back and sent down.

“You have not had the benefit of a drug treatment requirement being imposed. Most of your offending is drug related. I think it is worth trying a rehabilitation order.”

He handed him an eight-month jail sentence, suspended for two years with supervision and a treatment requirement.