Burglar raided bedroom while Leeds couple slept

Kyle Stanhope.
Kyle Stanhope.
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A TEENAGE burglar who crept into a Leeds couple’s bedroom as they slept has been locked up for three-years-and-nine-months.

Father-of-one Kyle Stanhope, 19, was caught stealing a mobile phone, cash and jewellery from their bedsit in Spencer Place, Chapeltown, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor, Duncan Ritchie said David Upton and Sarah Dixon were asleep when Stanhope entered the room just before 12pm on July 1.

Mr Ritchie said: “Miss Dixon woke and found the defendant rooting around in her belongings on the bedroom floor.”

Stanhope escaped with her iPhone, a necklace and £12 cash.

Mr Ritchie said on June 11 this year Stanhope smashed a TV set while burgling a bedsit on Blenheim Avenue, Woodhouse, Leeds.

Wayne Battensby looked through the bedsit window and spotted Stanhope in his room.

Mr Ritchie said Mr Battensby challenged Stanhope, who left the room wearing Mr Battensby’s baseball cap.

Stanhope, of Holmsley Walk, Oulton, admitted two burglaries and asked for eight other burglaries and thefts, which were committed between March 2013 and June 2014, to be taken into consideration.

The crimes Stanhope committed involved property worth £9,500 and he caused £1,000 of damage.

Stanhope has three previous convictions for nine offences including three house burglaries and assault.

At Leeds Crown Court last September, Stanhope was sentenced to 12 months detention in a young offender institution, suspended for 12 months, after being convicted of burgling his mother’s home.

Mitigating, Kenton Sargent said: “This is a man of 19 rightly described as immature and struggling to cope with adult life.”

Sentencing Stanhope to three-years-and-nine-months in a young offender institution, Judge Neil Clark told him: “You are still supported despite all you have done by your mother and that, perhaps, provides some hope for you in the future.”


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