Booze binge burglar is jailed over break-in at Leeds home

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A career burglar who targeted the home of an elderly man while out on bail for violent disorder has been jailed.

Tobias Binns, 35, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years over the break-in at the property on Southlands Avenue, Moortown, and his behaviour during a disturbance at the Bierkeller, in Leeds city centre.

Leeds Crown Court heard Binns has a long criminal record. It is his twelfth conviction for domestic burglary.

Binns broke into the home of the 77-year-old victim by smashing a patio door on May 7 this year.

He stole £100 in cash and two bottles of port worth £50. He was spotted in CCTV footage approaching the property and was arrested a short time later. Police officers found him in possession of a screwdriver.

Five days before the break-in Binns punched a man after he had been ejected by door staff at the Bier Keller.

He managed to get back inside the premises and punched a member of door staff when he was challenged.

Police were called and Binns made foul-mouthed anti-Semitic comments towards one of the officers. He was found in possession of a small amount of cannabis.

Binns, of Scott Hall Avenue, Leeds, pleaded guilty to burglary, religiously aggravated assault, common assault and possession of cannabis.

Richard Reed, mitigating, said Binns committed the offence to fund a drinking binge.

He said his client had been struggling to cope with the death of his father. He added: “He just hit the bottle.”

Judge Jacqueline Davies said: “I am told that you have been affected by the death of your father .

“I’m afraid that is something that happens to everybody in their lives but they do not all behave like that.”