A BURGLAR jailed for stealing war medals during a break-in has been called a coward by his victim.
Recovering heroin addict George Warlow stole four medals belonging to former army sergeant David Sinclair after breaking into his family home.
The medals taken included two awarded for 48-year-old Mr Sinclair’s service in Bosnia and Northern Ireland during his 24 years in the army.
Warlow also fled with sentimental jewellery after breaking into the property in Bramble Close, Havant, on May 25 last year.
Now the 45-year-old, of Hurstbourne Close, Havant, is behind bars after admitting to the burglary at Portsmouth Crown Court.
In a statement read out in court victim Mr Sinclair said: ‘I have served my country in the army in conflicts and received medals and honours for this. They have been stolen and never recovered.
‘On the Northern Ireland general service medal there is a Queen’s commendation for bravery award in the form of a silver oak leaf.
‘The persons who did this aren’t brave, they are cowards.’
Warlow also pleaded guilty to committing six other offences last May.
These were burgling a garage at a home in Farlington Avenue, Farlington, an attempted burglary in Stakes Road, Waterlooville, one count of possessing class A drug heroin, driving while disqualified and without insurance and taking a vehicle without consent last May.
Warlow had denied one charge of attempted burglary at a garage in Portchester overnight on February 15. But he was found guilty.
He admitted three other offences which were taken into consideration.
Warlow was sentenced to two years and 10 weeks in jail at Portsmouth Crown Court.
He was also banned from driving for a year.
Detective Constable James Rudge said: ‘Warlow’s actions have caused people hurt and distress.
‘I can only hope that Mr Warlow and other burglars are aware that we will continue to work extremely hard in bringing them to justice.’