Burglar is sent to jail

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A PROLIFIC burglar caught stealing two days after walking free from court has finally been jailed.

Scott Haynes - who has more than 80 convictions for theft and burglary - was given one last chance to go straight after breaking into five care homes in Fareham and Gosport.

But now he is back behind bars for committing two more burglaries only two days after he was released from jail.

The 33-year-old, of no fixed address, broke into the Lightship bar in Haslar Road, Gosport, at about 5am on August 29 and stole a laptop and 750 cash.

Less than an hour earlier Haynes had burgled a flat in Trinity Green, Gosport, while a mum and her two children slept inside.

He was caught on camera entering the property twice in the space of half-an-hour and stealing a purse, credit cards, a mobile phone and 500 cash.

Haynes even stole an iPod from a bedside table next to where one of the children lay asleep.

It came just two days after Judge Graham White sentenced him to an 18-month community order with a 12-month treatment programme for his heroin addiction.

Haynes was spared prison in the hope he would mend his ways after he broke into Thorngate Court in Inverness Road, Gosport, Homefort in Stoke Road, Gosport, Hometide House in Beach Road and Berkeley Court in Elmore Road, Lee-on-the-Solent, and Crofton Court in Stubbington in July and August last year.

Kate Freemantle, defending, told Portsmouth Crown Court: 'The learned judge took a risk with Mr Haynes on August 27 which he, and indeed Mr Haynes, very much hoped would pay off. It didn't.'

Haynes admitted two counts of burglary at Portsmouth Crown Court.

A theft in which he stole a screwdriver from a car on August 29 was taken into consideration.

Sentencing Haynes to three-and-a-half years in jail, Judge Ian Pearson said: 'You reoffended within two days of being given a chance by this court. You were released on August 27, 2010 on a community order with a drug rehabilitation requirement and within two days you were carrying out burglaries. It's blatant disregard of the orders of the court and a significant aggravating feature. You have an appalling record of dishonesty and burglaries.'

He added: 'The time has now come for a substantial sentence to be imposed.'

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