Judge gives stark warning to Leeds burglar

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A BURGLAR has been jailed for 16 months for targeting the home of a couple during the night as they slept.

A judge told 20-year-old criminal Jack Metcalfe that he needed to think seriously about his future or he would end up spending most of his life in prison.

Metcalfe and a teenage accomplice targeted the property on Highthorne View, Armley, on January 16 this year.

The property owner and his partner were in bad around 1am when they heard the living room window smash.

They found that the lock to the front door had been removed. Metcalfe was seen running away and a description of them was given to police.

Officers were called and Metcalfe was stopped in the street. A resident told officers Metcalfe had thrown items into a garden, including mole grips and a screwdriver.

Pieces of a door lock was also found in his pockets.

Metcalfe, of Fernbank Drive, Bramley, refused to comment in interview but pleaded guilty to attempted burglary.

He asked the court to take two other offences into consideration by the court.

The court heard he has previous convictions for offences of violence, robbery and burglary.

Richard Smith, prosecuting, said the victim has suffered from anxiety as a result of the incident and no longer felt safe in his own home.

Marlon Grossman, mitigating, said his client had pleaded guilty to the offence at the earliest opportunity.

Jailing Metcalfe, Judge Jonathan Rose said: “You are 20 and you have your entire life ahead of you - life that is still capable of attaining good things.

“You really need to start thinking about the chances available to you.

The judge added: “You have a terrible record. That record is going to lead to you spending more and more years in prison. You will be 40 before you know it and you will have spent most of your life in prison. Is that what you want?”

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