Moving day burglar put behind bars

LOCKED UP:  Jason Herbert Baker

LOCKED UP: Jason Herbert Baker

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Dorchester reporter

A PROLIFIC offender who burgled a Weymouth home as the occupants were moving in has been for more than two years.

Jason Herbert Baker, of Carlton Road North, Weymouth, was sentenced to 876 days in prison at Dorchester Crown Court after admitting a charge of burglary.

Prosecutor Heather Shimmen said the offence was committed at around 8.30pm on April 18, as a family were moving their belongings into a property in Ranelagh Road from a neighbouring house.

They had left the door of the property open as they moved items in and as she approached the property one of the family saw Baker leaving the premises carrying something.

It later emerged that a handbag containing an iPhone had been stolen.

Miss Shimmen said: “The matter was reported to police and about 10 minutes later officers saw the defendant.

“When appr-oached he initially ran off but after a short foot chase was detained by officers.”

She added that as Baker was restrained he dropped the iPhone that had been taken from the property.

Miss Shimmen said that the 37-year-old defendant had 45 previous convictions for a total of 110 offences including two previous domestic burglaries.

Tim Shorter, mitigating, said that Baker had entered his guilty plea at the earliest opportunity.

He said his client was currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation and it was clear he suffered from ‘some form of mental difficulty’.

Mr Shorter added: “At the time of this offence he was under the influence of prescribed drugs as well as alcohol.”

Judge Roger Jarvis conceded that there were some ‘peculiar circumstances’ surrounding the case but added that because it was Baker’s third dwelling burglary he was required by law to pass a lengthy custodial sentence.

The judge said: “I’m afraid the plain face of the matter is you are a third strike burglar and as a consequence I am obliged to pass a specific sentence on you.”

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12:16pm Thu 1 May 14

wowfood says...

I didn't know being a thieving **** was a mental difficulty.

If they come back and say he has Aspergers btw, I will be sorely tempted to throw a shoe at them.
I didn't know being a thieving **** was a mental difficulty. If they come back and say he has Aspergers btw, I will be sorely tempted to throw a shoe at them. wowfood
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1:39pm Thu 1 May 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Echo says -- A PROLIFIC offender who burgled a Weymouth home has been for more than two years.
Has been what - burgling?
Echo says -- A PROLIFIC offender who burgled a Weymouth home has been for more than two years. Has been what - burgling? IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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3:22pm Thu 1 May 14

oldbrock says...

another parasite trying to use the mentally ill card, simple case of smash one hand and brand the face, we are too easy on these people, all a prison sentence will do is give him time to perfect his technique consulting others, a nasty, cowardly individual who preyed on people during one of the more stressful times in life, moving home, it doesn't matter whether it was next door or next county, nobody should have to put up with that
another parasite trying to use the mentally ill card, simple case of smash one hand and brand the face, we are too easy on these people, all a prison sentence will do is give him time to perfect his technique consulting others, a nasty, cowardly individual who preyed on people during one of the more stressful times in life, moving home, it doesn't matter whether it was next door or next county, nobody should have to put up with that oldbrock
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