Man who raided Dinas Powys homes back in prison
10:41am Thursday 21st March 2013 in News
A BURGLAR who committed a series of crimes in Dinas Powys while on parole and bail for another offence has been sent back to jail.
Ryan Harry Jones was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court on March 13 for burglaries and thefts he carried out on February 11 this year.
On licence from a four-year sentence for burglary in 2010, Jones was also on bail when he committed the crimes, after being arrested earlier that day for shoplifting at the Iceland supermarket on Holton Road, Barry.
The 30-year-old was walking back to Barry from Cardiff Bay Police Station when he burgled a property in Cae’r Odyn, Dinas Powys, taking a bag of children’s school uniforms, and stole a CD and disabled badge from a car on Cardiff Road, around 10.15pm.
The court also heard how he stole an Apple iPhone from another house around 11.45pm, before fleeing after he came face-to-face with the home owner.
Appearing via video link from Cardiff Prison Jones pleaded guilty to all the charges.
His defence said he has a long-standing drug addiction.
They said: “He acknowledges what he did was wrong and offered an apology when interviewed which is not always the case.
“He also acknowledges that the night-time confrontation must have been utterly terrifying for the victim.
“He has let himself and his family down.
“He was on valium at the time of the offences, but thought he was doing well co-operating with his probation officer after a long sentence in 2010.”
Judge Neil Bidder QC said Jones had a “dreadful record” with 17 court appearances for 45 offences.
“These were not long planned burglaries but they are very serious – the highest category according to the guidelines,”
he said. “The theft of the disabled badge was a very mean one and one person was left very upset by the disturbance you caused.
“The aggravating features are that you were on licence and on bail at the time.
“You must be deterred but if you cannot be, the public must be protected from you.”
Jones was sentenced to serve four years and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120.
A witness who phoned the police and agreed to be interviewed in the early hours of the morning to assist with the investigation after seeing Jones entering porches in Cae’r Odyn was awarded £50 by the court for their public service.