Judge jails Burnley man caught with stolen goods

Christopher Bennett
Christopher Bennett
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A Burnley man has been jailed for 15 months after pleading guilty to handling stolen goods from a Padiham burglary.

Christopher Bennett (31) of Bear Street, Burnley, also admitted a case of criminal damage after he smashed a window at a house.

Burnley Crown Court heard that those two offences, in September and July of this year respectively, had put Bennett in breach of two suspended sentences which were activated by Judge Andrew Woolman during his sentencing.

Tom Lord (prosecuting) said that Bennett was arrested at his home by police on September 20th after he was found in possession of items taken from a house in Hapton Road in Padiham hours earlier.

Bennett had items including a handbag, a black wallet, a purple wallet and kitchen equipment but said he had no part in the burglary.

The court heard on the occasion of the criminal damage, Bennett had been hanging around outside Michelle Harrison’s house on July 19th and was making remarks about her before he smashed the front window with a shatter hammer.

Kristian Cavanagh (defending) asked for his guilty pleas at the earliest opportunity to be taken into account and said that Bennett’s three month custody period so far had allowed him to engage with the prison’s drug services.

Mr Cavanagh admitted Bennett’s record was “appalling” but said although poor his offending was “generally of a low level”.