Jail for burglar who targeted vulnerable

Afsir Khan
Afsir Khan

A burglar who has repeatedly targeted vulnerable, disabled or elderly victims, has been jailed for six years.

Afsir Khan (24), of Colne Road, Burnley, was jailed by Judge Simon Newell at Burnley Crown Court after admitting two burglaries at the home of a disabled 60-year-old man in Brierfield.

The court heard that Khan had served two previous prison sentences for similar burglaries.

Mr Stephen Parker (prosecuting) told the court that the latest offences took place against the same victim in Walter Street on March 11th and March 15th when £60 and £180 in cash were taken.

Mr Richard Taylor (defending) said: “It is sad to see a young man facing a lengthy prison sentence. Since 2000 he seems to have spent a lot of time in custody.

“He comes from a good family who do not approve of his behaviour. Sadly, the lure of drugs has overtaken this man.”

Judge Newell told the defendant that his actions meant his latest victim could no longer live in his home of 30 years, and was now living with his sister.

The judge said: “Your victim was happy and content living where he was. You broke in having previously scouted the address using your usual modus operandi of first asking for money at the door.

“You target the elderly, infirm and disabled. It destroys their lives. You were first released from prison in January 2012 and were committing similar offences in a matter of months. Again, the same pattern followed in 2014.

“Your latest victim’s psychological well-being has been deeply affected. There has to be a deterrent sentence.”