Serial burglar given 21-month sentence for 'mean' raid
A serial burglar who carried out a "mean and unpleasant" break-in on a family home has received a 21-month prison sentence.
Judge Gordon Kerr QC told Stephen Patrick Crumley that the courts consider "burglary of an occupied premises in the middle of the night as a serious offence".
Crumley (23), of Centenary House, Victoria Street, Belfast, pleaded guilty to the burglary of a family home in the early hours of the morning last year.
Prosecution lawyer Simon Jenkins told Belfast Crown Court that a couple and their two young children were asleep upstairs in their home at Linfield Drive in Belfast when the break-in took place.
He said access was gained through an unlocked kitchen window and a handbag was stolen containing £100 in cash, bank and credit cards, a driving licence and identity documents.
A fingerprint was found on the window which matched that of Crumley.
Judge Kerr QC said he would sentence Crumley to 21 months, with half to be spent in custody and the remaining half on licence.