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A judge has described a Kinmel Bay man as a ‘career burglar’ after he was jailed for breaking into a Rhyl home.
John Trafford was jailed for 3 years and 4 months after he admitted taking £1,000 worth of accessories from a house at Grove Park at some point between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Judge Geraint Walters at Mold Crown Court said Trafford (35) had a ”dreadful” criminal record. In 2013, he was banned from Kinmel Bay for two years after he harassed and abused a nearby couple in his hometown.
In what was the seventh burglary on his record, Trafford smashed through the French windows of the house and stole a laptop, a tablet and a notebook computer as well as a camera, a watch, a bracelet and a curfew.
The owners of the house rushed back from their holiday in Devon when a neighbour alerted them. Shortly afterwards, Trafford’s blood was found on the smashed windows by a builder who had been carrying out repairs at the house. At the time of his arrest, Trafford was on licence after being released from jail last May for another burglary.
The defence said he had been doing well since being released with a long-term girlfriend and three children – but he carried out the burglary after his partner suffered a miscarriage and he ended up with a big cocaine debt.
Trafford, who appeared before a live video link from HMP Altcourse in Liverpool, had written a letter of apology, but sentencing him, Judge Walters said he should have come to realise that what he did was wrong a long time ago. He added people could no longer feel safe at home of his actions and that his family problems did not begin to explain why he went back to drugs and crime.