A FORMER soldier who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder has been given a chance to sort his life out after burgling a house in Lockwood last summer.
Ex-Yorkshire Regiment squaddie James Bridgewood, 27, admitted breaking into the ground floor flat in Swan Lane while the occupant was asleep, Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday.
But after being told that Bridgewood, of Meltham Road, Lockwood, had already been remanded in custody for nearly five months Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC decided to give him a nine-month prison term, suspended for a year.
Bridgewood will also have to do 100 hours unpaid work for the community and he will be supervised by the probation service for a year.
The judge said the probation service would help Bridgewood with any medical problems and his drinking.
“I want to get you back into the society obviously. You need to get on with your life and try and put all of your troubles behind you,” the judge told Bridgewood.
The court heard that Bridgewood had spent time in hospital through no fault of his own and had served his country bravely.
Judge Durham Hall, who ordered Bridgewood to pay £75 compensation to the burglary victim, warned the defendant that if he did commit further offences he would have to get tough with him.