Gosport burglar is jailed after stealing a widower’s photos of his late wife

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BURGLAR Steven Sharp has been jailed after stealing a widower’s photos of his dead wife.

The seriously-ill pensioner victim, 77, is ‘constantly looking over his shoulder’ after being the victim of two burglaries this year.

While the mobile phone containing the photos were returned, a judge told Sharp – who carried out one of the raids – that the offence was ‘too serious’ to suspend the sentence and jailed him for 14 months.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard that Sharp, 47, of Tukes Avenue, Gosport, had got blind drunk before getting into the victim’s garden by climbing over the wall.

Jeffrey Lamb, prosecuting, said Sharp got in through a small open window to then open a larger one.

The victim’s mobile phone and £50 in cash was taken – DNA in a speck of blood allowed detectives to pin the burglary on Sharp.

Jailing Sharp, Recorder Rufus Taylor said: ‘Earlier this year (the resident) was the victim of a burglary.

‘As a result of that burglary he checks his door all the time.

‘He says he’s constantly looking over his shoulder.

Addressing Sharp, the judge said: ‘I’m afraid, Mr Sharp, this dwelling house burglary is too serious for me to suspend the sentence.’

Sharp, who has 21 convictions for 65 offences, admitted burglary, taking the cash and the Samsung S5 phone.

The court heard the victim has COPD, a hip replacement, and severe hearing loss.

Daniel Reilly, mitigating, said Sharp had said ‘oh my god’ when told of the effect his actions had on the victim.

‘Mr Sharp simply said “I felt bad for him before you told me that”,’ Mr Reilly said.

Mr Reilly said Sharp stopped using heroin and had a break in offending between 2006-2013 but had received a letter that he thought was telling him not to contact his ‘significant’ partner on August 18 and had got drunk.

‘He has rather filled the void in his life with alcohol,’ he said.

The burglary took place between August 17 and August 20.

After the hearing Detective Constable Dermott McBride said the burglary had had a ‘traumatic effect’ on the victim.