Terry Marshall, 30, had only been out of prison for two months when he broke into a family's house in Notts.But he’s not just a professional thief, oh, no. He’s a victim, the poor wee soul.
He stole £7,000 of personal belongings including watches and jewellery before he drove away in a Mini Cooper belonging to the family.
Marshall then made the mistake of stopping to fill the car at a petrol station nearby and was spotted on CCTV footage by police.
He already had eight burglaries on his record when he pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to the latest break-in. He also asked for another 16 to be taken into consideration.
Justine Robinson, mitigating for Marshall, said: "He has an addiction to this type of offence."The judge wasn’t impressed:
Marshall appeared to be stunned as he was sentenced and spoke directly to the judge. He said: "They try and say there is no hope for me. Is that what you are saying? There's no hope for me? I do need help."This impressed him even less:
The judge calmly retorted: "You enjoy it."No, you need a lengthy prison sentence. Happily, that’s what you’ve finally got.
Marshall then swore from the dock as custody officers waited to lead him from dock. "I don't enjoy it," he said. "That is the thing. I don't want to go out robbing. I need help."
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