A burglar told a judge yesterday his latest sentence would be “make or break” in his desperation to quit offending driven by his drug addiction.
Kevin Anthony Healey read a letter over the video link from Leeds prison describing his determination to go straight saying: “I really have had enough of this lifestyle. This is no way to live.”
He said he was not a career or professional criminal, his offending over the years was as a result of “illicit substances” generally when he was withdrawing and not thinking rationally.
Leeds Crown Court heard Healey had 44 previous convictions for 104 offences including 61 of dishonesty.
The 34-year-old of Meanwood Valley Close, Leeds admitted two house burglaries in August and was jailed for four years.
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC told Healey the letter was to his credit and he hoped he would be able to achieve his aims on release from jail.
“As you acknowledge you have a terrible criminal record particularly for offences of burglary of dwelling houses.
“You have served custodial sentences in the past and were subject to a community order imposed only weeks before these burglaries.”
“There is community impact evidence dealing with burglaries in Leeds which shows it is endemic and has a distressing and exceptional effect on households here in Leeds.”
Louise Pryke, prosecuting, said on August 14 Healey was caught on CCTV outside a house in Bentley Lane, Leeds holding a clip board and a satchell knocking on the door.
He then pretended to wave to somebody upstairs although the house was empty before climbing on to a conservatory roof and gaining access through the bathroom. He stole property worth over £1,000 including a laptop and a tablet which were never recovered.
On August 21 a man was in bed with his girlfriend around 10.30am at his home in Delph Court, Leeds when he heard male voices. He found Healey handcuffed to a policeman, the burglar having been caught red-handed after a witness alerted the police seeing him climb in through a window.
Adrian Pollard, representing Healey, said he was an intelligent man whose life had been “ravaged by drugs.”
“He recognises that is his fault, he wishes it could change but drugs have ruled his life.”