Burglar targets mum’s home

Michael Snape, 21 , of North Church Street, Fleetwood.
Michael Snape, 21 , of North Church Street, Fleetwood.
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A HEARTLESS burglar has been jailed after targeting his own mother’s home.

Preston Crown Court heard how Michael Snape stole jewellery from his sister’s room after entering the house in Avon Green, Fleetwood, last April while his brother was home.

And it was not the first time the 23-year-old had stolen from his family, he had previously been barred from his mum’s house after stealing jewellery from her and his gran.

Judge Edward Slinger jailed Snape, of North Church Street, Fleetwood, for just over a year-and-a-half, and told him his actions had been a “particularly mean offence”.

Peter Horgan, prosecuting, described to the court how Snape’s mum had barred him from the property some years ago, but in the 12 months leading up to the burglary he had begun to visit the house and been allowed in under conditions, which included not going upstairs.

But last year he dropped by when only his brother was in, and stole six gold rings and a locket belonging to his sister.

Police discovered he had then gone on to pawn three of the rings and a chain to a jewellery shop for £174 the same day.

When he was first interviewed by police Snape maintained his innocence, and said he had sold the rings on after getting them from someone else.

But at court yesterday he pleaded guilty to the burglary, and also admitted two other offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and having CS spray, a prohibited weapon. The other charges all relate to an incident in June, when Snape assaulted a man and his girlfriend, spraying his male victim in the face with the CS spray.

The victim, who knew Snape from school, had intervened and said something in a bid to stop Snape racially abusing someone at a cash point.

Later, he was sprayed by Snape using the CS canister.

It caused his eyes to sting and burn and his girlfriend, who was nearby, was also affected.

In Snape’s defence, Paul Robinson said he had a history of alcohol abuse and had been under the influence of drink at the time of the assaults.

Judge Slinger told Snape it was sensibly accepted on his behalf that only an immediate prison sentence could follow.

Snape was jailed for 85 weeks.

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