Barnsley burglar wins sentence cut

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A burglar who broke into his neighbour’s home and threatened to stab him with a screwdriver, has had his sentence cut by a quarter.

Jordan Walker, aged 20, was one of five youths who broke into the home of 26-year-old John Morley, in Railway View, Goldthorpe, Barnsley, last October.

Walker, also of Railway View, was jailed for four years at Sheffield Crown Court in June, after being convicted of burglary.

The court heard Mr Morley woke in the night to find several hooded men in his kitchen.

He chased four away but was confronted by Walker, who was wielding a screwdriver and said: “Get out of my way or I’m going to stab you with this screwdriver.”

Mr Morley later told police he’d seen Walker and the other men ‘circling’ his home earlier that day and looking into the windows.

Walker’s lawyer argued he had not been given enough credit for his youth and lack of previous convictions.

Allowing the appeal, Judge Anthony Morris said: “Three years was the appropriate sentence.”