Prolific burglar wins cut in his five-year jail term

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A MENTALLY-ill man jailed for five years for smashing a house window after he stopped taking his medication has had his sentence cut on appeal.

Homeless Darren Michael Brown, aged 42, damaged a window at a house in Knaresborough Road, Millhouses, in an early morning attack in December last year before wandering off.

He was arrested near the scene and later said he couldn’t remember committing the offence because he had not been taking his anti-psychotic medication.

But in May he was jailed for five years at Sheffield Crown Court after pleading guilty to attempted burglary.

Brown was handed the lengthy sentence because he had 13 previous convictions for house burglaries.

He appealed against the length of sentence at London’s Court of Appeal and had it reduced to a four-and-a-half year term.

Brown was told he could gain no mitigation from his mental condition, because he had knowingly stopped taking the medication which he knew could control it.

But Mr Justice Foskett allowed his appeal against sentence, saying he ought to have been given more credit for pleading guilty.

He said: “In our judgement five years was the appropriate sentence after a trial. Giving credit for the guilty plea on the day of trial, the sentence will be reduced to four and a half years.”