A MAN who smashed his way into a bar doing £750 damage and making off with £150 worth of spirits has been spared an immediate jail sentence.

Vaughan Mitchell and an accomplice burgled The Caddy Shack in Elland on October 19, 2021, Bradford Crown Court heard today.

Mitchell, 38, of Stocks Lane, Mount Tabor, Halifax, was sentenced on a video link to HMP Lincoln where he was remanded.

Eleanor Durdy, prosecuting, said the two men smashed a window at the premises in the early hours and made off with the alcohol.

Police found opened bottles at the scene and Mitchell was identified by CCTV, his fingerprints and blood left behind.

He denied the offence saying he was smoking ‘crack’ at a friend’s house but then admitted burglary.

He had 11 convictions for 19 offences, including matters of dishonesty, and he was in breach of a suspended sentence order.

His solicitor advocate, Saf Salam, said 22 months had passed since the offence.

Mitchell had serious mental health problems and also suffered with dyspraxia, depression and anxiety.

He had completed detoxification programmes for drugs and alcohol while on remand and wanted to make a fresh start with the support of his family.

Deputy Circuit Judge Timothy Clayson sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with 20 rehabilitation activity days and an alcohol abstinence tag for three months.