A BURGLAR is planning to marry his fiancee behind bars next month - but it will be a long wait before they can live together after a judge locked him up for four years.
Daniel Rylance’s barrister told Doncaster Crown Court his new girlfriend visited him in prison almost every day and was a good influence on him.
But Judge Jacqueline Davies told the 27-year-old the court had to take a serious view of his offending and his previous record, which included 10 other house burglaries.
Prosecutor Adam Birkby said Rylance, of Firth Crescent, Rossington, used his inside knowledge of a former girlfriend’s home to carry out his latest break-in on November 6 last year.
Mr Birkby said he broke into the house in Nelson Road, Rossington, after the occupier had gone to work.
He took £2,000 worth of watches, rings and a phone.
Because of the relationship he knew a spare set of car keys were hidden under a bed and drove off in the motor.
But he crashed it and caused so much damage to the £1,800 vehicle that it had to be written off.
Most of the property was recovered.
Rylance, who has 32 previous convictions dating back to 1998, pleaded guilty to burglary and aggravated vehicle taking.
Michael Upson, defending, said his client wanted to “turn his life around”.
He added the main cause of his offending was heroin addiction but he had formed a relationship with a new partner.
He said with the prison’s permission, the pair were planning to marry on March 29.
“She is a positive feature in his life and has been responsible for a slowing down in his record,” said Mr Upson.
“She is wearing his engagement ring and she knows he has a sentence to serve and he is looking forward to spending time with her when he is at liberty.
“He now wants to divorce himself from a locally-acquired criminal reputation and doesn’t intend to mix with people who are not positive influences on his life.
“She visits him almost on a daily basis and she is a good influence on him and I ask for a sentence that wouldn’t be crushing for him.”
The court was told Rylance had made 14 previous court appearances for offences including interfering with vehicles, theft and domestic burglaries.
Under three-strikes-and-out burglary legislation the judge said he had to impose a minimum jail term of three years.
It is the fourth time Rylance has received such a sentence.
The judge also banned Rylance from driving for two years.