A Teeside Crown Court judge has said burglars have “courage” and prison did little good for anyone!
Judge Peter Bowers said he could be “pilloried” for his outrageous judgement to let a serial burglar walk free from his court.
He said: “It takes a huge amount of courage as far as I can see for somebody to burgle somebody’s house.
“I wouldn’t have the nerve.
“Yet somehow, bolstered by drugs and desperation, you were prepared to do that,” he told Richard Rochford, the burglar who was before him.
He went as far to say that Rochford, 26, had been harmed by prison.
“I think prison very rarely does anybody any good,” he said.
“It mostly leaves people the chance to change their own mind if they want to.
“I don’t think anybody would benefit from sending you to prison today.
We’d all just feel a bit easier that a burglar had been taken off the streets.”
Rochford (pictured right) broke into three homes in East Cleveland and also attempted to burgle another in a space of five days.
Judge Bowers said he should be jailed for two-and-a-half years, and anything less would not satisfy the public.
Rochford was given a suspended 12month jail sentence, a two-year supervision order with drug rehabilitation, 200 hours’ unpaid work and a one-year driving ban.
Imagine if you had been one of the victims of the burglaries and decided to display some “courage” and send this thieving rat packing from your home, or even held him while police arrived, no doubt you would be sitting languishing in a prison cell awaiting trial for violating his Human Rights!