Warwick tenager faces three years in detention

The Justice Centre, Leamington. NNL-140328-115802001
The Justice Centre, Leamington. NNL-140328-115802001

A Warwick teenager who became a “third strike” burglar at the age of just 18, has been sentenced to three years in detention.

Calum Reilly of Goode Close, had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges of burglary and one of attempted burglary.

Prosecutor Ian Speed told the court that Reilly broke into a house in Bury Road, Leamington, on February 28 and stole a Playstation PS3 console and a number of games.

Two weeks later he burgled a house in Leicester Street, Leamington, and stole a tablet computer and charger.

And the following day he attempted to break into a home in Lillington Road, Leamington.

Reilly told police he had committed the offences to fund his drug habit.

In mitigation Martin Groves said: “He’s 18 years of age, so he’s young, but he has two previous convictions for dwelling house burglaries and so he’s facing a minimum of three years.”

Mr Groves told the judge that Reilly’s mother had left home when he was 11 and he had been looked after by the local authority after his father had a stroke when he was aged 14. Since then the teenager - who admitted the victims of his crimes would have been ‘traumatised’ - had had a problem with cannabis.

Sentencing Reilly, Recorder David Bright told him: “Drugs are no excuse - there is a thing called will-power.

“If you don’t have it, you’re going to be coming before the courts for years to come and you’ll be doing longer and longer stretches.”