Sheffield burglar jailed for 20 months

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A man with a lengthy criminal record told a probation officer he feels ‘safe and secure in custody’, a court heard.

And after being charged with an attempted break-in, Sean Haycock told his barrister ‘prison would be easier, there’s nothing to worry about in prison’.

Haycock, aged 26 and a 17-year-old boy were seen acting suspiciously in Angleton Avenue on Sheffield’s Manor estate on May 20.

Witnesses saw the pair hiding in some bushes before climbing a fence into a rear garden.

As the police were called a burglar alarm went off and officers arrested the pair near to a house with a smashed window.

Nothing had been stolen but the 68-year-old man who lives there told police he had been targeted three time before.

He told officers: “I’m not going to let them beat me. What can I do, stop in all day? I can’t do that.”

Sheffield Crown Court heard Haycock, of Basford Street, Darnall, has 14 convictions for 23 offences including two house burglaries.

Haycock, a plasterer, was said to have been struggling to readjust to life in the community after being released from jail after his last prison sentence and had reverted back to drug use before the offence.

Judge Paul Watson told both defendants they could have been locked up for a minimum term of three years each under ‘three strikes and you’re out’ legislation for house burglaries but their latest crime was only an attempted burglary.

Haycock was jailed for 20 months and the 17-year-old was given a 10-month detention and training order.