A YOUNG burglar who claimed to get “a buzz” out of his offending is back behind bars.
Aaron Barkham was only released from a two-year sentence for breaking into houses in January.
But six months later he used an implement to hook a door key from the Brighouse home of a woman, who was asleep in the property along with her two children.
Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday (TUES) that it was part of the 22-year-old's licence that he should stay away from Foxcroft Drive because he had committed offences there previously, but prosecutor Stephanie Hancock said nine days ago he again burgled a house on the street in the early hours.
Barkham, of Reins Road, Rastrick, appeared via a video link to Leeds Prison for a preliminary hearing.
After admitting the burglary charge he was jailed for 876 days.
Because it was Barkham’s third burglary conviction he faced a minimum term of three years under the so-called three strikes rule, but Recorder Graham Hyland QC reduced the sentence by the permitted 20% to take account of his early guilty plea to the break-in.
Barkham was arrested close to the scene and told officers that he got a buzz out of burglary, but had thought better of it after removing the house key.
His barrister Giles Bridge explained that Barkham had not actually entered the house, but had removed the key using an implement which had been put through a window.
“He recognised that he had done a very stupid act and did not proceed to enter the address fully,” said Mr Bridge.
Recorder Hyland warned Barkham: “Although you may get a buzz out of committing burglary I would advise you to stop because if you don't the sentences will get longer and longer.”