Prolific burglar 'let off lightly' to care for new baby
PROLIFIC burglar Stuart McCormick got off lightly for five breaches of his curfew because he is caring for his new baby.
McCormick, 35, of no fixed address, was told by Judge Jamie Tabor QC he had “more excuses than anyone I have ever known” on appearing before him at Gloucester Crown Court.
But despite breaking a curfew placed on him for five thefts, the judge accepted the breaches were for between just two and eight minutes and extended the six-month order by only three weeks.
The court heard that McCormick became a father on June 26, but his new baby suffered complications because of his partner’s drug abuse. McCormick himself is a former drug addict and told the judge he had lost three stone in a month before he was recently diagnosed with type one diabetes.
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“I was nearly in a coma,” he said from the dock. “I would have died.”
Defending, Claire Malvern said: “He has provided regular correspondence about his time in hospital. He has not been in any trouble since September last year and that was for a matter that pre-dated the one here.”
She said he lived a “chaotic” life, but that the breaches concerned were as little as two minutes.
After being jailed for burglary in 2007, McCormick astonished police officers by calling them to his cell and confessing to more than 300 burglaries over a decade, which they had not previously linked him to.
He took officers around Gloucester for 15 days, pointing out the scenes of his crimes, and it took them a year to check them all out, such was the volume of his offending.
A court hearing at the time heard he wanted to “clear the slate” of his wrongdoing and start afresh.
In 2009, he was back before the court to admit a further 200 vehicle crimes dating from 1998 to 2006. He admitted stealing a six-tonne dumper truck from a site near Gloucester at Easter 2005 and asked for 200 similar vehicle-related crimes to be considered.