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Courts: Creeper burglar is handed two-year jail term

A man who stole a van during a creeper burglary has been given a two-year jail sentence.

Thomas George Kincaid, from Silverstream Avenue in Belfast, was told he will spend a year in prison, with the remaining year spent on licence upon his release, after he admitted offences arising from the break-in.

Belfast Crown Court heard the 25-year-old father-of-one, who has ADHA, has 55 previous convictions and has been subjected to paramilitary attacks.

Crown prosecutor Kate McKay said around 4.45am on June 21 last year, police received a report of a vehicle "racing around" Carrs Glen Park in the north of the city.

They remained in the area and around half an hour later, they observed Kincaid who ran off but was soon detected in a nearby rear garden. Kincaid was searched and on his person were two screwdrivers and keys.

Also found was a PlayStation 3 controller and lead.

Kincaid was noted to smell of alcohol and became aggressive to police. Due to the presence of the screwdrivers, he was initially arrested for going equipped for theft, to which he replied "mate, I don't know what you are talking about."

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Officers pressed the centre of the car keys found in the defendant's pocket, which activated the lights of a Renault disability transport van. Police noted damage to the van, and when enquiries were made about the van's owner, it emerged it had been stolen in a creeper burglary that morning with PS3 equipment.

Kincaid was arrested and made "no comment" in interviews. Ms McKay said at the time of his arrest, he had breached a sexual offences prevention order - which was imposed for a serious sexual offence committed against a 14-year old girl - as he had consumed alcohol.

Kincaid pleaded guilty to four offences - breaching the SOPO, burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and going equipped for theft.

Defence barrister Denis Boyd said Kincaid had been drinking at a bonfire and "didn't really remember anything about what happened prior to his arrest".

Acknowledging his client's record, Mr Boyd said "despite his learning disability, he knows that he will spend longer and longer in prison and longer and longer away from his child".

The sentence was imposed by Judge Gordon Kerr QC.

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