Burglar back in jail after he bled during struggle

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A CAREER burglar has been jailed after he left blood at the scene when he fought with a neighbour who caught him breaking into a house.

Mark Clements, 37, targeted a house in Upton, near Pontefract, after moving to the village shortly after being released from prison.

Leeds Crown Court heard Clements smashed a rear window of a house on New Lane at 6.15pm on June 19 this year.

A neighbour heard the disturbance and went round to the house where he saw Clements inside the property holding two lap top computers.

The neighbour grabbed Clements and tried to drag him from the property and there was a struggle between the two men. The court heard Clements dropped the lap tops and managed to run from the house but cut his arm during the incident.

Police were contacted and the blood left at the scene was lined to Clements. He pleaded guilty to burglary.

John Bull, prosecuting, said Clements has 34 convictions for 81 previous offences. Mr Bull said Clements was a ‘fifth strike burglar.Simon Batiste, mitigating, said much of his clients offenceding was linked to his addiction to drugs.

Mr Batiste said Clements was released from hisn last prison sentennce in November last year and moved from Wakefield to Upton with his girfriend in a bid to get away from his old associaigtes and people who used to supply him with drugs.

The barrister said Clements had coped well for eight months until he carried out the offence as he was under pressure to pay off old drug debts.

The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier, QC, jailed Clements for 32 months. He said: “There is substantial evidence before the courts about the impact on communities in West Yorkshire in relation to burglary. The offence is aggravated by your record.”


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