Burglar Lloyd Matthews admitted more offences from his jail cell
A JAILED burglar has confessed to offences he committed years ago in a bid to 'wipe the slate clean' and receive support on his release.
Lloyd Matthews asked police to visit him behind bars so he could admit offences dating back to 2009.
The 39-year-old pleaded guilty to a burglary and a theft at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, and asked for four other burglaries – from 2008 and 2009 – to be taken into consideration.
The court heard how Matthews, who is serving a 31-month sentence for burglary, told officers about a burglary he committed in Carron Street, Fenton, between September 1 and September 2, 2009.
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He made off with electrical items, sunglasses, a purse, and a Vauxhall Astra, which he took from the driveway after discovering the key. The goods had a total value of £7,630 and none were recovered.
Prosecutor Fiona Cortese said: "The defendant asked the police to visit him.
"He said he had let himself into the house through an insecure door at 3am or 4am.
"He said he stole the items and the car and sold the car and keys for £400."
The court was told Matthews, of no fixed address, has 24 convictions for 59 offences.
Joanne Wallbanks, mitigating, argued it would be unjust to impose the minimum three-year sentence.
She said Matthews, who is due to be released in October, 'failed miserably' when he was last released from prison as he had no support.
Miss Wallbanks said: "He contacted the officers with a view to going on their scheme, which will provide a great deal of support."
She added: "There does seem to be a massive change in his attitude towards his offending.
"The offences were not traceable to him, they were quite old."
Judge Granville Styler said he was persuaded it would be unjust to impose the minimum sentence and jailed Matthews for 16 months – meaning he will be released at roughly the same time.
Judge Styler said: "Had you not brought these matters to the attention of the police, the odds are you would never have been prosecuted for them. You have done this in an attempt to wipe the slate clean and enable you to start again without the danger of being prosecuted."