Three years for burglaries was ‘too long’ top judges rule

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A burglar caught when his fingerprints were found at an elderly couple’s home has had his jail term cut by top judges on appeal.

Matthew Blaydes, aged 22, of Strait Lane, Wath-on-Dearne, was jailed for three years at Sheffield Crown Court last November after admitting three burglaries while hooked on the drug M-cat. Now his sentence has been reduced to 26 months at London’s Criminal Appeal Court.

In one of the break-ins, Blaydes and an accomplice entered the home of a retired couple in William Drive, Mexborough, in the dead of night and stole cash.

But Judge Simon Bourne-Arton said, although there was ‘overwhelming evidence’ against Blaydes, the crown court judge should have given him credit for his guilty plea.