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PostSubject: Serial burglar Michael Craig blamed for helping turn Burnley into UK's burglary capital   Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:32 am



Serial burglar Michael Craig was yesterday blamed for helping turn Burnley into the UK's burglary capital.
The
one-boy crime wave with more than 100 convictions was yesterday back in
jail after admitting breaking in to an 88-year-old woman's home as she
slept and stealing her TV.


The Home Office revealed that with 2,154 break-ins a year, Burnley was the town with most burglaries per head of population - a rate of 24.6 per 1,000 people.
Police say Craig, 19, was instrumental in giving the
borough its title. The teenager was jailed again for three years under
the Government's "three strikes and out rule" for serial offenders
after he notched up his 101st conviction. He had been out of prison for
just four weeks in December when he began his latest crime spree.
A police source said: "When the Home Office figures came out a few people did wonder whether Craig had a hand in it. The figures certainly went down dramatically when we arrested him."



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PostSubject: Re: Serial burglar Michael Craig blamed for helping turn Burnley into UK's burglary capital   Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:54 am

Gaznandi wrote:
The teenager was jailed again for three years under the Government's "three strikes and out rule" for serial offenders
after he notched up his 101st conviction.

Is it just me or does that not make any sense?

Looks more like 101 strikes your out ...
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PostSubject: Re: Serial burglar Michael Craig blamed for helping turn Burnley into UK's burglary capital   Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:38 am

Cross-dressing Burnley burglar loses appeal over jail sentence



A cross-dressing burglar who broke into houses and filmed himself
wearing victims’ underwear has failed in a challenge to his minimum
jail term.

Gary Marie, 43, of Colne Road, Burnley, was caged for a minimum of six
years at Preston Crown Court last May for a string of offences.


He admitted burglary, going equipped for burglary, using a firearm with
intent to resist arrest, and six counts of assault occasioning actual
bodily harm.


And he was convicted by a jury of six counts of voyeurism, 11 of
possession of indecent photographs of children, and one of taking such
a photo.


Today, he challenged the length of his minimum term at the Court of
Appeal, but had his case rejected by Mr Justice Foskett, Sir Anthony
May and Mrs Justice Nicola Davies.


Mr Justice Foskett said the seriousness of the offences justified the
term, but that Marie may not even be released then as he will have to
convince the Parole Board he is safe before going free.


The court heard he had photographs of himself in other people’s homes,
engaged in sexual activity and wearing female victims’ underwear, and
numerous voyeuristic images of under-age girls.


Medical reports compiled before his sentencing detailed his sexual
confusion and said he would need extensive help if he was to overcome
his problems.

Sentencing him, the crown court judge said he was a significant risk of
causing serious harm and had to be locked up for at least six years
before even applying for release.


Upholding the term at the Court of Appeal, Mr Justice Foskett said
that, although six years was “severe”, it could not be said to be
excessive.


“These were grave burglary matters with a sexual motive and voyeurism,
and with the use of a CS gas cannister on no less than six police
officers who were trying to arrest him,” he said.
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