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Serial burglar gets 32 months
A 22-YEAR-OLD ketamine addict has been jailed after he burgled a house then tried to escape from a police officer who pointed a Taser at him.
Christopher Rea, of Green Furlong, Berinsfield, near Wallingford, was jailed for 32 months after he admitted stealing an £80 camera during a break in.
Meryl Hughes, prosecuting, said the serial burglar targeted a house in Newton Road, South Oxford, during the day on September 9 this year.
She told Judge Patrick Eccles in Oxford Crown Court on Wednesday that Rea smashed a rear window to get into the house.
Miss Hughes said the father-of-two searched the house, which was occupied by three women, and stole a Nikon Coolpix camera and 60 Euros.
He left the property shortly before one of the occupants returned home, discovered the mess left by his search, and called the police.
The barrister added that officers arrived at around 2pm and chased Rea on foot after they saw him looking suspicious with a black plastic bag nearby.
Miss Hughes said he ran into Abingdon Road and escape from a police officer, who pointed a Taser at him but was unable to make him stop.
She told Judge Eccles that Rea was eventually found hiding in a garden in Western Road.
He had also been spotted running away by the manager of the Falcon Guest House, in Abingdon Road, who eventually picked him out of a line up.
The prosecutor said Rea had four domestic burglaries on his record since November 1999, qualifying him for a mandatory minimum three-year prison sentence.
Claire Fraser, defending, said her client had developed an addiction to the Class B drug ketamine and had been stealing to pay for his habit.
She said: “He wanted me to make it clear that he is sorry for any upset he’s caused to the victims.
“He understands that to fund a drug habit is not a reason to commit a burglary.
“He will use the time in custody to become drug free and remain drug free, so that on his release he can be a better father to his children.”
Judge Patrick Eccles said to Rea: “You are aware with your criminal history that this sort of offence causes great distress.
“A house full of young women obviously feel extremely anxious about you in their home looking for goods to steal to fund your drug habit.
“This is a desperate way of life that you have chosen. If you remain addicted to drugs you are going to cause misery to other people, to those around you and to yourself.”