“IT was a pretty pathetic attempt at a burglary,” a judge told two men being sentenced for burgling a shop in Henley.

Judge Nigel Daly was speaking to Alex Barrow, 38, and Scott Webb, 45, at Oxford Crown Court on Wednesday (April 10) after the pair broke into the Sainsbury’s store in Bell Street in the early hours of February 13 and stole £103.75 of wine.

The duo, who appeared via video link from prison, were sentenced to eight months imprisonment each.

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Sentencing, Judge Daly said: “Continue to use the facilities in prison, do your time, and when you come out, seek help if you need it and start afresh the best you can.”

During the sentencing, it was heard the men were caught on CCTV entering the store via a side door, causing £400 damage.

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They caused further damage to the self-checkout tills by using a crowbar before fleeing the store in a silver Ford Focus.

The vehicle was later stopped by officers on the A404 after being flagged to police as having earlier been involved in drugs.

Barrow, of Shaftesbury Close, Bracknell, and Webb, of Grove Park, Chiswick, were arrested and pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and going equipped for burglary.

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Defending Barrow, John Hunter, said the defendant had ‘no recollection’ of the burglary and had been suffering from hallucinations following a mental breakdown in November 2023.

He added that Barrow had not committed an offence for six years prior to the burglary and had stopped using drugs and alcohol until the breakdown.

It was heard that he had also attempted suicide and was sectioned as a result.

“He undoubtedly regrets his actions and is disappointed in himself,” he said.

Defending Webb, defence barrister John Greenan said his client has was a drug addict, frequently using heroin and crack cocaine.

“There are sometimes relapses when he has issues,” he said. “While in custody he’s done nearly 60 days clean from drugs and is attending narcotics anonymous.

“His attitude to the offence is of considerable remorse and he’s sorry for his behaviour.”

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Judge Daly jailed the pair, stating that due to their history of offending there was no realistic prospect of rehabilitation.