Addressing Lane, Judge Lodge said: “House burglary is a very serious offence and this is the second time you have been convicted.
“Sending you to prison would only protect members of the public for a short time…'Only'..!!
… and would not solve your alcohol problems.Is that a job for the state? Or the justice system?
“I take the view it’s better to suspend the sentence, so you will be supervised for a longer period of time.
“Let me make it clear it is not a soft option, the soft option would be to lock you up for a few months.”I'll take it!