Sentencing Harbour at Basildon Crown Court, Judge Ian Graham said: “There are factors in this case that place it in the highest category.
“This was a very serious offence as you can see that one of your co-accused was sent to prison for four and half years. On the face of it, this should be marked with a custodial sentence.Here it comes, wait for it....
“You are in a different position. I accepted that you were not the instigator of this offence and that you may not have realised the seriousness of it.”What? Of breaking in to someone's house and stealing their possessions?
“You have no previous convictions and are of previous good character.”Translation: Never been caught before.
He was given a community order which requires him to complete 150 hours of unpaid work. He must pay £800 in prosecution costs and £140 surcharge.Good luck seeing a penny of that.