Getaway driver jailed over burglary spree

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A burglar who acted as a getaway driver for other crooks who targeted homes during a two-day crime spree has been jailed.

Simon McGinley was sent to a young offenders institution for 18 months over the offences which took place in the Wakefield area on September 17 and 18 last year.

McGinley, of Park Drive, Lofthouse, Wakefield, pleaded guilty to one offence of burglary of a house on Orchard Close, Horbury.

He also asked the court to take 11 further offences into account, nine of which were house burglaries.

Martin Robertshaw, prosecuting, said McGinley targeted the house on Orchard Close on September 17.

McGinley used his own car to drive an accomplice to the property in the early hours of the morning. The family who lived there slept through the burglary. Car keys were taken to a Vauxhall Corsa parked outside the property.

The vehicle was later found abandoned after it had crashed through a fence.

Mr Robertshaw read out a victim impact statement on behalf of the family in which they described the trauma they had felt at having people break into their home as they slept. The prosecutor said the family had an elderly pet dog which also slept through the attack but were filled with dread over what could have happened to the animal had it woken up and started barking during the break-in. McGinley has a lengthy record for driving and dishonesty offences.

McGinley’s accomplice was caught and dealt with at a separate court hearing.

He was given a 32 month prison sentence.

James Littlehales, mitigating, said: “At the time the defendant was committing these offences he was misusing cocaine to a very substantial extent.

“On each and every occasion he was the driver and he was paid £50 for doing so.”

Judge Rodney Jameson, QC, told McGinley that he was still a young man and had the ability to stop offending.

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