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Jail for man who was ‘born to crime’
A BURGLAR who was ‘born to crime’ is back behind bars after he was caught breaking into a house while the occupiers were away at a funeral.
Steven Buchanan was on early release licence from prison when he armed himself with a wrench and went to raid the flat.
But when the 25-year-old and an accomplice disturbed a man who was house sitting, they threatened him and smashed windows with the metal bar before fleeing.
Hannah Squire, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court Gareth Rinaldi and his son Kevin left friend Jason Andrew at their home when they went to a family funeral in Wales.
In the middle of the day on Tuesday, May 28, Jason was in the property on St Austell Way, Churchward, when he heard a noise from the ground floor.
He was confronted by the sight of Buchanan climbing out of a window.
As he got out he turned round and Jason could see he was brandishing what appeared to be a socket wrench,threatening him.
He then swung it round and smashed a couple of windows before he and another man, who has not been caught, fled the scene.
A trace of his blood was found on the window frame and, although he initially denied being the raider when he was questioned, he eventually accepted what he had done.
Buchanan, of Cleveland Road, Mouldon View, admitted burglary.
The court heard he had a history of crime and was jailed for 20 months in 2007.
He then received 34 months in 2009 for his next set of break-ins, committed while on early release, and three and a half years in November 2011.
Rob Ross, defending, told the court that his client accepted he was facing a lengthy jail term as a ‘three strike’ burglar.
He said: “The report indicates he is a young man who is able in many ways. He used his last time in custody to do a lot of education.
“He is one of those people who was born to crime. He indicated to me the only person in his family, other than his mother, who had not been to prison, is his sister.
“His father had a fairly hefty criminal record and he was pretty much brought up to crime.
“The probation officer gives a pretty sympathetic assessment of him. He has been involved in crime for as long as he can remember.
“He is someone who picked up a drug habit, someone who never went to school, but someone who is fairly able when he puts his mind to it.”
He said he and his partner, with whom he has three children aged two, four and six, hoped to make a fresh start when he is released.
Having been raised on crime he said he was keen that his own children get a better start in life.
Jailing him for 33 months, Judge Douglas Field said: “You have an unenviable record of offending, particularly concerning dwelling house burglary.
“You have a choice, do you take responsibility for your family and take care of them or do you go back to crime and serving longer and longer sentences?”