A PERSISTENT offender has been jailed for 15 months after a judge said he had to lock him up for breaching a suspended prison sentence.
In January, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC sentenced Qassim Hall to nine months in jail, suspended for two years, for non-dwelling burglaries.
But the 28-year-old was back before him at Bradford Crown Court yesterday for further offending.
Prosecutor Jayne Beckett said Hall, of Town Avenue, Huddersfield, broke into commercial premises causing £500 worth of damage before going on to damage two cars in separate incidents in June.
While on bail for those offences Hall then stole a bicycle from the staff area at the Odeon Cinema at the Galpharm Stadium.
Hall admitted two offences of burglary and two of criminal damage, but the court heard that after being remanded into custody he had later been transferred to the Newton Lodge Unit for a psychiatric assessment.
Hall’s own barrister conceded that he had been given an opportunity in the past and it hadn’t worked.
Judge Durham Hall said he couldn’t give Hall another chance because he knew what would happen if he did.
“He’s on a bottle of vodka a day,” noted the judge.
The judge said Hall had a bad record, but he noted that he also had serious problems.
“You are not that ill but you are a long way from being well,” conceded the judge.
“You insist on drinking too much... you have at least recognised that.”
The judge imposed the nine months in prison from the previous suspended sentence and added a further six months for the two latest break-ins.