Family ‘feels violated’ after burglar broke into Portsmouth home

CAUGHT Scott McGiffen, who has been jailed for burglary
CAUGHT Scott McGiffen, who has been jailed for burglary
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A SERIAL burglar who left a family feeling violated after breaking into their home as they slept is back behind bars.

Scott McGiffen, 23, had been out of prison on licence for four months when he broke into the home in Queens Road, Portsmouth.

McGiffen, who has convictions for 36 previous crimes, struck in the early hours fleeing with three laptops worth about £400.

Now he has been jailed for 32 months after admitting burglary, criminal damage and handling stolen goods.

McGiffen admitted 10 other crimes including a theft, five house burglaries, one theft from a vehicle and three non-dwelling burglaries between July 19 and January 4 which were taken into consideration.

Prosecutor Martyn Booth, reading from a statement given by the man of the family following their ordeal, said: ‘My daughter uses the laptop for college. I feel uneasy and isolated following this burglary.

‘It’s horrible to think someone has been in the house.’

Portsmouth Crown Court heard McGiffen, of no fixed abode, burgled the property on December 30.

One of the victims heard movements coming from downstairs at about 3am but did not think much of it as people who lived next door tended to come and go at different times.

The next morning she went into the sitting room and burst into tears on discovering the window and blinds were open and the family’s three laptops were missing.

McGiffen also admitted handling a TV stolen from the Red Lion Hotel in Cosham which he was caught on CCTV 
selling for £16 at Cash 
Generator in London Road, North End.

When arrested on January 6 for that matter his footwear was found to match a print left at the scene of the burglary.

McGiffen later admitted damaging a CCTV camera and plimsoll while in a custody cell.

The court heard in his defence that he is ‘determined’ not to commit any more crimes.

Addressing McGiffen, Judge Susan Evans QC, sentencing, said: ‘Not surprisingly the family feel very violated in the home that they have occupied for many years now.

‘You have got a long history of offences of dishonesty for the past seven years.’