TWO men who handled stolen property from a burglary have been warned they will be sent to prison if they breach orders imposed by a judge.
Johnny Barrett, 31, was told by Recorder Charles Ekins that he was being given a last chance to stay out of jail after the court heard he committed his latest crime in breach of a suspended prison term.
The judge said by all rights he should be locking Barrett up straight away after hearing how he and co-accused Ben Feehan, 26, were caught trying to sell stolen property at a store in Huddersfield earlier this year.
Bradford Crown Court heard that Barrett sold an amplifier for £40, but was unable to sell a stolen Apple Mac book and an iPod Touch.
Barrett, of Rashcliffe Hill Road, Rashcliffe Hill, and Feehan, of Farfield Road, Almondbury, both pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods after they were arrested in connection with the offence.
Recorder Ekins said Barrett committed the offence 16 months into a sentence which had been suspended for two years.
“What I am going to do is give you a last, and I mean last, chance because, believe you me, if in the next 12 months you commit any offence at all prison is where you are going,’’ the judge told Barrett.
The judge said he was giving Barrett a nine-month prison term, suspended for a year, and ordered him to do 200 hours unpaid work.
Barrett will also be subject to supervision for a year.
Feehan, who committed the handling offence a month after being released on licence from a previous prison sentence, was told his three-month jail term was also being suspended for a year.
Feehan will also be subject to supervision for a year and must do 200 hours unpaid work.
The judge told him he would start with a three-month sentence if he committed any other offence in the next year.
Melissa Murphy, 21, who lives in Rochdale, was given a 12-month community order which includes supervision after she admitted perverting the course of justice by giving a false statement to the police investigating the handling case.