Sean Bray jailed after breaking into home in Southampton's Didcot Road

Daily Echo: Sean Bray Sean Bray

A PROLIFIC thief who broke into a family home and stole from the room of a sleeping ten-year-old has been jailed for 32 months.

Sean Bray, pictured, pocketed a memento marking the child’s Holy Communion as he raided the home in Didcot Road, Southampton.

Winchester Crown Court was told that the 25-year-old then helped himself to the family’s belongings, mostly electronic goods, which were valued at more than £3,000. He then found keys to a Toyota Avensis which he drove off in.

Detectives later found fingerprints matching his on the window of the home and he was soon arrested, the court was told.

Police discovered Bray possessed an ipod and a stolen hire car that was taken from a neighbour.

Bray later confessed to stealing hundreds of pounds worth of goods from convenience shops in the Southampton area on 15 separate occasions between August and September.

He would steal items such as meat and cheese as well as every day laundry goods because they could be sold on quickly to feed his heroin addiction. The court heard how sometimes he just placed items in a basket before brazenly walking out.

David Storry, mitigating, said that his client was immature for his age and that addiction was behind his offending.

The court heard how Bray, of Howards Grove, Southampton, had 29 convictions for 107 offences mostly for dishonesty and had been out on licence while offending.

In all he pleaded guilty to 15 counts of shoplifting, one burglary, and two of handling stolen goods.

But Bray was not present when he was sentenced at the court because he refused to get on the bus from the city’s remand jail.

Judge Peter Henry said: “It is not appropriate for a prisoner to determine when he comes to court.”

Passing sentence he added: “Aggravating features were that one of the occupants was a ten-year-old child, that it happened at night and that he was on licence.

“He undoubtedly has drug issues and it’s sad always to see someone committing offences such as these.”

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1:34pm Sat 8 Dec 12

MGRA says...

echo there is clearly a typo here, it says "32 months" but surely that should say "32 years".....
echo there is clearly a typo here, it says "32 months" but surely that should say "32 years"..... MGRA
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2:07pm Sat 8 Dec 12

mijdoog says...

having an addiction does not make it ok for him and others to spoil other peoples live,
having an addiction does not make it ok for him and others to spoil other peoples live, mijdoog
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2:19pm Sat 8 Dec 12

hulla baloo says...

mijdoog wrote:
having an addiction does not make it ok for him and others to spoil other peoples live,
Agreed,. But it seems to be the way to a lighter sentence.
[quote][p][bold]mijdoog[/bold] wrote: having an addiction does not make it ok for him and others to spoil other peoples live,[/p][/quote]Agreed,. But it seems to be the way to a lighter sentence. hulla baloo
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5:30pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Forest Resident says...

When are the courts finally going to administer appropriate justice to career criminals like Bray? The guy is a public menace who has had so many chances to get it right yet he chooses to continue his criminal ways, he can't be rehabilitated so lock him up for good to spare society from the pain that his life of crime will inflict.
When are the courts finally going to administer appropriate justice to career criminals like Bray? The guy is a public menace who has had so many chances to get it right yet he chooses to continue his criminal ways, he can't be rehabilitated so lock him up for good to spare society from the pain that his life of crime will inflict. Forest Resident
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7:22pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Sovietobserver says...

" 29 previous convictions, 107 offences mostly whilst on licence, left fingerprints on window and lived in the same neighbourhood !"
Soon the OED will have to include another word to describe an unfortunate but increasing number of Southampton inhabitants of his type, and that is FIK.
" 29 previous convictions, 107 offences mostly whilst on licence, left fingerprints on window and lived in the same neighbourhood !" Soon the OED will have to include another word to describe an unfortunate but increasing number of Southampton inhabitants of his type, and that is FIK. Sovietobserver
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9:36pm Sat 8 Dec 12

100%HANTSBOY says...

Another drugged up scum bag who needs rounding up and dumping in an icy wasteland.

What a complete waste of air,please please please all you Liberal cuddle mongers when are you gonna realise this type of animal is beyond help,put him down,do the world a favour,put all of them down,the world will be a better place for it!
Another drugged up scum bag who needs rounding up and dumping in an icy wasteland. What a complete waste of air,please please please all you Liberal cuddle mongers when are you gonna realise this type of animal is beyond help,put him down,do the world a favour,put all of them down,the world will be a better place for it! 100%HANTSBOY
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2:25am Mon 10 Dec 12

VictorMeldrew says...

Should be suspended from the knees until better,
as should the judges who let him get in this state.
Should be suspended from the knees until better, as should the judges who let him get in this state. VictorMeldrew
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2:25am Mon 10 Dec 12

VictorMeldrew says...

Should be suspended from the knees until better,
as should the judges who let him get in this state.
Should be suspended from the knees until better, as should the judges who let him get in this state. VictorMeldrew
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