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Swansea burglar jailed for double raid at student digs

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

By ruth mosalski

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A BURGLAR has been jailed for taking a student's keys while he was drunk and stealing from his home twice, has been jailed.

Jamie Knox stole the student's Kindle Fire and iPod during the first burglary, but was caught by his victim when he made a return visit to the house just two days later.

Prosecuting barrister John Lloyd said Jamie Saint had been out drinking in the city centre but had met Knox while the pair were in the Oceana nightclub on The Kingsway.

Knox, aged 21, told his victim he was called Julian and the court heard it is thought he watched as Mr Saint dropped his keys before picking them up and going to Mr Saint's shared student house on Hanover Street.

Mr Saint returned to the house not knowing where his keys were but later discovered his goods, worth £180, had been taken. Two days later on January 28, Knox went back into the house and the victim recognised him.

Knox, of Carlton Terrace, Swansea, did not comment in his police interview but later pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary at Swansea Crown Court. The court was told he has two previous convictions for burglary meaning he was made subject to a minimum three-year term, imposed on third strike burglars.

John Allchurch, representing Knox, accepted his client had been a recovering drug addict but had lapsed before committing the offence.

Judge Peter Heywood said Knox had a bad record for someone of his age. He imposed a total term of 876 days in prison, made up of two concurrent terms.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  February 18 2013, 2:10PM

    Then the law needs to be changed with immediate effect.

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  • hacker_jack  |  February 18 2013, 1:34PM

    Phil, I think you'll find that only one of those is an actual offence (possession).

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  • Philosoraptor  |  February 18 2013, 10:30AM

    "John Allchurch, representing Knox, accepted his client had been a recovering drug addict but had lapsed before committing the offence." Well... add another three years for possession of narcotics, and then another three years for the abuse of narcotics, and another one year for purchasing narcotics. 10 years sounds about right for this repeat offending ******.

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