A particularly illegal case of ‘what goes around, comes around’ occurred recently as a prolific burglar had his house broken into while he was behind bars.
40-year-old Christopher Hastings was arrested for a burglary which took place in the early hours of May 3.
The father reportedly entered a house in Leeds while the residents were asleep and stole a rucksack which contained a bank card, a national insurance card, mobile phones and tickets worth £1,000.
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Leeds Live report Hastings used the bank card to buy things in a shop shortly afterwards. He was arrested after being recognised on CCTV footage taken as he used the card.
Leeds Crown Court heard he also stole £252 worth of alcohol from Morrisons in the Merrion Centre in Leeds city centre, where he entered the store with a woman and put bottles of spirits into a bag before walking out without paying.
The 40-year-old pleaded guilty to burglary, theft and fraud in court. He has 50 previous convictions, including for 39 offences of burglary.
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Richard Reed, who was mitigating, explained how Hastings recently got a taste of his own medicine as his council house was targeted by a criminal.
He now knows what it is like to be burgled.
His property has been cleaned out. Obviously has some insight now to know what it is like to be on the receiving end.
Judge Christopher Batty said how having his own house burgled may teach Hastings a lesson, saying:
Going into people’s homes is something that you do. You now know a bit about being on the receiving end of that.
People are entitled to feel safe and secure and to keep their possessions in their own home. People who take those possessions have to accept custodial sentences.
Reed said Hastings suffered with post-traumatic stress disorder after being stabbed with a samurai sword in an unprovoked attack, causing injuries to his bowel.
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Reed explained how this led to him getting wrapped up in burglary, saying:
Due to the delays in getting counselling he started taking drugs and that led to the slippery slope of becoming involved in burglary and fraud.
The judge sentenced Hastings to two years and five months in jail for the burglary.
West Yorkshire Police are urging residents to keep their windows and doors locked and to keep possessions out of sight to help prevent burglary.
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