Leeds drug dealer committed burglary while on bail

Anthony Thornhill
Anthony Thornhill
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A DRUG dealer who carried out a burglary after being bailed when he was caught supplying class A drugs has been jailed.

Anthony Thornhill, 44, was given a sentence of four years, eight, months over a spate of offences committed in Leeds earlier this years.

A court heard Thornhill was stopped by police as he was driving through the Headingley area of the city on January 26 this year.

He was searched and found in possession of 15 packages of heroin and 13 of crack cocaine worth around £300.

Leeds Crown Court heard Thornhill, of Ganners Road, Bramley, was banned from driving at the time of the incident.

The court also heard Thornhill was subject to a community order at the time.

After he was arrested Thornhill told officers he had been delivering the drugs for another dealer.

Thornhill was then released on police bail but carried out a burglary at a property on Eden Crescent, Burley.

The court heard Thornhill went into a shed and removed a shovel and an axe before using them to force his way into a garage and stealing £2,500 worth of power tools.

Police were contacted after the break-in and discovered a torch outside the shed which was found to contain Thornhill’s DNA.

Thornhill was arrested again and interviewed about the offence but denied ever going near the property or knowing where it was. He later pleaded guilty to two offences of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply, burglary, driving while disqualified and breach of a community order.

The court heard Thornhill has a long history of offending dating back to 1985.

He has a total of 23 convictions for 46 offences including burglary, supplying drugs and production of cannabis.

Thornhill was made the subject of a three-year driving ban in September 2012.

Anthony Sugare, mitigating, said it was accepted the offences were aggravated by the fact that he committed the burglary while on bail. He said the offences were committed out of desperation because of his long-term drug habit.

Mr Sugare said his client accepted he would be facing a lengthy prison sentence and asked judge Guy Kearl, QC, to give him credit for his guilty pleas.

Judge Kearl told Thornhill: “You have an extensive record for drugs matters.

“You have pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity and that is the central feature of your mitigation.”

The judge also made an order for the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs that were seized from Thornhill.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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