Jason Reed was handed the lengthy prison term by Judge Carol Hagen earlier this month.Six years shouldn't be considered 'lengthy' for someone with his record, given we know he won't serve all of it. But even so...
She had previously offered Reed the chance to reform, sentencing him to drug treatment and a suspended prison term when he could have been jailed as a persistent offender last year.
He then carried out 22 more break-ins and was jailed for six years.And there we'd leave it. But...
But the judge decided she had failed to take account of Reed's help to police in clearing up his crimes – and yesterday she had him brought back to court under the "slip rule", which gives the court the power to alter a sentence within 56 days of it being made.*sigh*
The judge detailed how she formed her view after considering how police had written to her and said Reed had taken them on "drive rounds" and cleared up 49 unsolved burglaries, which had provided closure for the associated victims.
Police also confirmed remorseful Reed, 39, had been doing well in his fight to get off drugs before relapsing, and had targeted homes he thought were unoccupied.Well, it's nice that the police get to boost their clean-up rate, isn't it?
But he's not just a burglar, is he?
In 2004 Reed was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to rape, indecent assault and false imprisonment of a woman.Is it wicked of me to hope the next window he climbs through after his early release is that of the idiot judge?