Grantham court: Jail warning to offender in burglary

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A man who carried out a house burglary in Grantham has been warned to expect a prison sentence by a judge.

Andrew Mason, 35, will be sentenced later this month after he admitted a single charge of burglary during a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court.

The court heard Mason, of no fixed address, burgled a home in Alford Street, Grantham, between March 25 and 28, this year.

Among the items taken during the burglary were two lap top computers, a computer hard drive, a wallet, three bottles of wine, a bottle of aftershave, a set of keys and cash.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, said Mason was bipolar, had problems with drugs and at the time of the offence was living in bed and breakfast accommodation after a fire at his flat.

Mr Cranmer-Brown told the court Mason expected a prison sentence and wanted to know his fate.

But Judge John Pini QC told Mason he could not be sentenced until an impact statement had been received from the victim of the burglary.

Judge Pini adjourned sentence until August 21 for the preparation of a probation report but warned Mason: “It is going to be a custodial sentence, it is just a question of how long.”