A 35-YEAR-OLD house burglar who was given a suspended prison sentence is now behind bars after attacking another home just six weeks later.

Ivan Tokar was told by a judge at the end of August that his eight-month jail term for burglary at an occupied house was being suspended for a year, but at the beginning of October he was caught red-handed at a house on Skinner Lane, Manningham.

Prosecutor Paul Nicholson told Bradford Crown Court today (Thurs) that a concerned neighbour raised the alarm when Tokar was seen coming out of a hole which had been smashed in the front door of the property.

Tokar claimed he had lost his key, but the police had been called because it was known that the house was vacant at the time.

Mr Nicholson said nothing had been stolen, but Judge Colin Burn said the most aggravating feature of the offence was that Tokar had been given the previous suspended sentence.

Tokar, of Aberford Road, Bradford, appeared in the dock handcuffed to a security officer and formally entered his guilty plea to the burglary a trial Skinner Lane.

Judge Burn said because the suspended sentence was only imposed at the end of August Tokar had only had the chance to do a very small amount of the unpaid work which had been ordered.

For the latest break-in the judge jailed Tokar for three months, but he added a further seven months to that sentence by activating the suspended sentence order.