Serial crook sent to jail after house raids

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A PROLIFIC burglar has been sentenced to two years and five months in prison.

Adam Stoneham, 34, of Admiralty Road, East Wittering, was found guilty at Chichester Crown Court of two counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary.

The court heard he had broken into three unoccupied houses in Bracklesham.

He smashed windows at two properties, and took power tools and a gift box of perfume after drinking spirits during the day. Edward Hand, prosecuting, told the court how one home owner had felt ‘physically sick’ when she heard her house had been burgled.

‘Visiting children won’t sleep on the ground floor as they are frightened,’ he said.

Defending, Terry Brookes said Stoneham took the perfume for his girlfriend as ‘a sorry gift’ for drinking too much. He said Stoneham had little recollection of events but did not intend to make money from the power tools.

Judge Fraser said: ‘It is the sheer intrusion in to someone’s private property. The court takes such a dim view of domestic burglary.’