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Burglars’ sentence delayed as one moves jail
1:19pm Friday 22nd February 2013 in News
A JUDGE had to put off passing sentence on a pair of burglars because one had been moved in advance of the jail he is in closing.
John Light was on remand in Gloucester prison awaiting sentence after admitting his part in a raid on a house in Toothill.
But after the Government announced it was being shut inmates are being transferred to other jails.
As a result the 25-year-old, who is now in Birmingham, was not produced to face sentence as the court did not know he had been moved. Recorder Stephen Parish, sitting at Swindon Crown Court, adjourned the case to March 1 so Light can be sentenced alongside co-defendant Gary Bulmer.
The pair each face the prospect of a minimum three year jail term as they have at least two previous convictions for similar offences.
Light was jailed for almost three years in June 2010 after a break-in to fund his drugs habit.
Bulmer, 21, was jailed for 18 months in 2010 after he admitted two burglaries and one attempted burglary and asked for 19 similar offences to be taken into consideration.
Light, of Watercrook Mews, Freshbrook, and Bulmer, of Rosebery Street, both admitted burglary. They carried out the raid on a house in Tattershall on October 23.