Burglar back in court over attack

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A TEENAGER joined in a “cowardly” street gang attack while serving a suspended sentence for burgling his parents’ home.

Kyle Stanhope, 18, avoided being sent to a young offenders institution just six months after a was spared a lengthy custodial sentence over the raid on his family home in Woodlesford,

Stanhope was given a 12-month sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to do 100 hours unpaid when he appeared at Leeds Crown Court in September last year.

Stanhope, of Holmsley Walk, Woodlesford, returned to the court yesterday after pleading guilty to assaulting a man on October 12.

The teenager was caught on camera confronting his victim before punching and kicking him to the ground during the attack near his home. Other people were also filmed joining in the attack

The victim was left with cuts and bruising to his face. The court heard Stanhope had also failed to turn up to complete his unpaid work session on some occasions.

Stanhope pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and breach of a suspended sentence.

Stanhope broke into his parents home on his eighteenth birthday, March 30 last year, and stole around £1,000 worth of property.

He smashed a patio window to get into the property before stealing items that mainly belonged to his younger brothers. They included games consoles and games which the family had saved up to buy.

Stanhope had gone to his parents’ home on the morning of his birthday, but was not allowed into the property because of previous trouble he had caused.He already had a conviction for breaking into his parents’ home.

Kenton Sergeant, mitigating, said his Stanhope was “deeply ashamed” of what he had done. He described his client as being immature but had been taking steps to address his offending behaviour.

Recorder Gurdial Singh made Stanhope the subject of a 12 month community and supervision order. Stanhope was also ordered to take part in a 50-day programme designed to address his offending and do 100 hours unpaid work.

Recorder Singh said: “You are fast acquiring an unenviable record. An easy option might have been to send you to prison.”

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