Solicitor General welcomes sentence increase on burglar

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The Court of Appeal has today found that the 8 month sentence handed to Mark Anthony Gray in January this year, was unduly lenient and increased it to 2 years and 5 months.

On the evening of November 4 2013, Mark Anthony Gray burgled a home in his own block of flats in Heysham, Lancashire. The victims were visiting a neighbouring flat. Mark Anthony Gray, with others, entered the flat and removed a Samsung notebook, keys to the victim’s father’s BMW motor car and cards and other correspondence in the names of the victims. These items were recovered from Mark Anthony Gray’s flat when he was arrested.

In February this year at Preston Crown Court, Mark Anthony Gray pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced by Her Honour Judge Lunt to 8 months’ imprisonment.

That sentence was referred to the Court of Appeal by the Solicitor General, Oliver Heald QC MP who said:

“I asked the Court of Appeal to look again at the sentence as I felt 8 months failed to take proper account of the seriousness of the offence and the fact that the burglary happened at night whilst the victim was elsewhere on the premises, and also that this was the latest in a long list of similar offences committed by Mark Anthony Gray who had failed to respond to previous chances.

“Burglars don’t just remove items from houses, the effect they have on the victim’s lives is often so devastating that people don’t feel safe in their own homes, the one place where they are entitled to feel secure.

“I am pleased that the Court of Appeal has today increased the sentence to 2 years and 5 months, and I hope this offers the victims in this case a degree of comfort.”