A MAN has been jailed following a spate of crimes across Gosport.

Brett Coe-Quainton, 22, of Gale Moor Avenue in Gosport, broke into a garage on Kingston Road on Saturday, October 16.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard how police were called in the early hours of that morning to reports of a torchlight in the garage.

Officers attended and spoke to the garage owner, who confirmed he had not been the one shining the torch, and led police out to the garage.

Banging could be heard from within the garage, and Coe-Quainton was found inside. He was arrested and nothing was stolen.

In an earlier separate incident, Coe-Quainton was spotted on CCTV trying to damage the lock on a CCTV cabinet in Burney House, South Street.

He subsequently use a baton to damage a CCTV camera during this incident, which took place on July 29 this year.

He was charged with criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon for this incident, and admitted both offences at a hearing on November 11.

However, he denied the Kingston Road burglary at a hearing on October 18, and the case subsequently went to trial.

He was found guilty of burglary by Magistrates and sentenced on Tuesday 16 November.

Coe-Quainton was handed 6 months in prison for possessing an offensive weapon, 2 months for the burglary, and a further 4 months for offending whilst on a suspended sentence for other matters, bringing his total jail term to 12 months.

In addition, he was ordered to pay £750 compensation for the burglary in Kingston Road.