Four jailed for burglary

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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Two relatives who burgled the home of an elderly disabled woman have today been jailed for a total of four years.

One of them, Charlie Cawley, also tried to burgle the homes of two other women in Kirkham on the same day, but left empty handed. He was only 17at the time, Preston Crown Court heard.

Now 18, he was today given two years youth custody.

The teenager, of Stopford Avenue, Bispham, had pleaded guilty to one offence of burglary, two of attempted burglary and also handling a stolen van.

His relative 28-year-old Martin Cawley Junior, who has already been recalled to serve the rest of an earlier sentence for robbery, was given two years behind bars.

He had pleaded guilty to a single charge of burglary.

Prosecutors said an elderly woman living in Ferrier Bank, Warton was waiting for a friend to visit and had her front door open. She shouted ‘come in’ when there was a knock at the door last August.

A male went in, inviting her to a barbecue. He then wheeled away her walking trolley and stole cash and cards from her purse.

The court heard the victim has been left feeling anxious.

Appearing alongside them in the dock was 45-year-old Martin Cawley Senior of Falkland Avene, Blackpool.

He had admitted the theft of three commercial vehicles and was given nine months jail.

A fourth defendant, Martin McGuinness, 51, of The Promenade, Blackpool, got eight months prison. He had admitted a commercial burglary and two thefts of vehicles.

Judge Pamela Badley said it was a “terrific shame” to see a family that had taken a wrong path.