A SERIAL burglar has been jailed following a string of house raids and credit card frauds.
Kevin Stephenson was sent to prison for four years at Portsmouth Crown Court following a string of burglaries at homes across Southsea last year in which electronic goods and personal items worth thousands were taken.
He has spent half of the last twenty years in custody but he now has a positive mindset and is determined to not put himself in this position againDamian Hayes, defending
The 41-year-old, of Newcome Road, Fratton was jailed for four burglaries and three frauds, with the court taking a further nine raids into consideration.
The burglaries were between November 19 and December 12.
The court heard Stephenson broke into properties using a screwdriver on doors.
He was caught after a police officer spotted him on CCTV attempting to pay for goods using one of the credit cards taken during a burglary.
Stephenson pleaded guilty to all seven counts.
Christina Casey, one of Stephenson’s victims, said she can no longer sleep at night following the overnight burglary in Norman Road on December 11, when he stole her handbag.
In a statement, she said: ‘I cannot sleep at night as I am in constant fear that the house is vulnerable to being broken into.’
Martyn Booth, prosecuting, said that the burglary has had a ‘significant psychological impact’ on Ms Casey and that she is thinking of moving house.
Damian Hayes, defending, said that Stephenson carried out the offences as a way of paying back a drug debt as a result of a significant heroin addiction.
Mr Hayes said: ‘The drugs have absolutely blighted his life, damaged his health and become a crutch for him.
‘He has spent half of the last 20 years in custody but he now has a positive mindset and is determined to not put himself in this position again.’
Sentencing, Judge Claudia Ackner said: ‘The psychological impact on your victims is something that will not go away quickly.’