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Prison for Charlton Kings burglar Callum Smith, 23 after 85 convictions

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 12, 2013

Gloucester Crown Court

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PROLIFIC criminal Callum Smith has been sent to prison following his 85th conviction.

The 23-year-old of Beeches Road in Charlton Kings was jailed for eight months after an attempted burglary.

Gloucester Crown Court heard Smith tried to break into a student home in St Paul's Street North with a 30cm pole made from a coat hanger and pens taped together.

Prosecutor Lisa Hennessy said student Matthew Brown found the contraption in his letter box on November 21 last year. She said: "Matthew realised that it could have been used in an attempt to open the front door and concluded that it had been used in an attempt to break in."

DNA tests on the object matched Smith's.

Ms Hennessy said: "He was arrested and initially he gave no comment, but the next morning he had a prepared statement.

"He said he had been at home asleep and was awaken at 2am by a man he knows as Nugget who asked him for a coat hanger and two pens."

He denied burglary when charged, but admitted to attempted burglary.

Recorder David Bartlett told the court that Smith had 85 convictions, had made 45 appearances in court, four previous convictions for burglary, five bail breaches and 32 breaches of court orders.

For the defence, Joe Maloney said: "He has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity he has. Last September his 18-month-old son died in tragic circumstances and he went off the rails. He accepts that he has a long record.

"This really was a half-hearted attempt at breaking in. In the scheme of things, this is a low end failed attempt and I ask you be lenient with the sentence."

Mr Bartlett jailed Smith for eight months, with his sentence starting when he admitted the offence on December 7.

He told Smith: "There was no destructive effect or harm done here, but you are a frequent offender and you want to be careful. If this had been a fully fledged burglary you would have been sent to prison for three years.

"The court has tried everything in the past and it has ended up with you breaching court orders 32 times. For that reason I have to sentence you to imprisonment, but I will make it as short as possible."

Smith, who will be out of jail in April, told Mr Bartlett he would not do it again.

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  • Asodeska  |  January 13 2013, 2:56PM

    This shows the stupidity of the British penal system. He should have received 10 years after his 3rd conviction, 20 years after his 4th. The British people deserve far better than this.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  January 12 2013, 11:26PM

    The only chance of this idiot spending a lifetime behind bars, is if he moves to the Cardiff area. There is a splendid judge there called Eleri Jones who knows how to hand out a stiff sentence. He handed down a seven and a half year sentence to a gambling addict, who tried on a series of robberies using a bag full of wires and handwritten notes threatening to blow himself up, including one in Lydney. He was out on license from prison for robbery at the time. Sadly here we have a bunch of bleeding hearts who believe every sob story they are fed. Its time to get tough, and tell these scumbags that its about time they faced up to the responsibilty of their actions, and heres eight years in prison to face up to it.

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  • jeno2011  |  January 12 2013, 9:31PM

    This guy has chosen the wrong vocation - he's NOT very good! Perhaps he can get a gardening job in jail and dig himself out of a lifetime behind bars.

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  • raidermanuk  |  January 12 2013, 3:04PM

    All over the national press yesterday but not reported in the local press until today (with comments not available) was an equally breathtaking lenient sentence for Curt Lodge by liberal Recorder Bartlett. As with this case he seems to have the ear of the defence. Maybe I'm being a little selective and unfair but in the past he has defended a solicitor in mortgage fraud, and many robbers, child molesters and benefit fraudsters.

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  • rpa09  |  January 12 2013, 2:25PM

    how can he say his 18mth old son died nothing to do with him i should know as im the baby uncle. the little rat should stop using my nephew like this for attention the sick smackhead

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  • BishopHooper  |  January 12 2013, 11:29AM

    He should have been inside 84 convictions ago....

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  • Lecorche  |  January 12 2013, 10:21AM

    Smith, who will be out of jail in April, told Mr Bartlett he would not do it again. And I'm the King of Siam!

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  • paul813  |  January 12 2013, 9:29AM

    85 convictions and 8 months which is 4 months , thats really going to set him on the straight and narrow isnt it !!god what a joke this justice system needs to change it just aint working they are laughing at it , and you cant blaim them its a farce .

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