Here's our weekly round-up of who has been jailed this week at Bradford Crown Court

  • A MAN was jailed for two years and four months after burgling more than £3,000 of property from a Bradford house while the victim was on holiday.

David Wright was caught on CCTV leaving the address in the Wyke area carrying a £400 television set, Bradford Crown Court heard.

His haul also included two £300 PlayStations, £1,000 worth of games, two laptop computers and a gold pendant of great sentimental value.

Prosecutor Syam Soni told the court that Wright and an accomplice targeted the three-bedroom house at around 7am on August 12, 2019.

Locks were smashed and doors and windows damaged in the break-in, leaving the householder with a £300 repair bill.

In all, items worth £3,320 were stolen by Wright, 37, of Laverack Field, Wyke.

He was recognised by a neighbour and he left a screwdriver at the scene with his DNA on it, Mr Soni said.

Wright pleaded guilty to the burglary and to possession of a wrap of cocaine, damaging a police cell and breach of restraining order.

The court heard he was arrested on April 17 this year for breaching the order by attending at an address in the city. He had the cocaine on him and he damaged his cell by blocking the toilet with a pillow.

Wright had 21 previous convictions for 48 offences, including matters of violence, shop thefts, motoring offences and harassment. It was his fourth breach of the restraining order but he had no convictions for burglary.

Wright read out a letter to Judge Neil Davey QC in which he begged for a chance. He had been addicted to drugs for nine years but was free from them after being remanded in Leeds Prison.

He said he had already taken great steps towards a crime-free life.

“I need to stress how serious I am about changing my criminal ways,” he said.

Wright’s barrister Abdul Shakoor said he had suffered tragedies in his earlier life that had led to serious mental health problems.

The burglary was almost two years old and he had since served a jail sentence after being convicted of dangerous driving.

Judge Davey said he was impressed by Wright’s letter but an immediate prison sentence was the only option for a Category One house burglary.

He was jailed for two years for the burglary with four months to run consecutively for breaching the restraining order.

Judge Davey said Wright went to the house with a screwdriver to break in, did a substantial amount of damage and made off with high value goods and jewellery of sentimental value.

  • A WOMAN was jailed for 18 months after almost £900 of clothing and jewellery was ordered from a false account set up in the name of a defrauded pensioner.

Georgina Thornly was party to the fraud after her partner stole the 86-year-old victim’s bag when she was targeted while out shopping in Brighouse.

Thornly asked the old lady for directions while her partner took the bag containing £330 in cash, a bank card and her phone from a car, Bradford Crown Court heard.

The card was used to withdraw £100 from her account and an attempt was made to pay a £40 phone bill, prosecutor Paul Canfield said.

At 3am on January 7 last year, a false account was set up with Studio Retail in the pensioner’s name and £899 worth of clothes and jewellery ordered.

The account was linked to the victim’s stolen phone and the address Thornly shared with her partner, Mr Canfield said.

Thornly then went to the victim’s home posing as a Hermes courier to collect the parcels sent to her address by Studio Retail.

But she was foiled by the woman’s daughter and her partner who were at the address and called the police.

Thornly told officers that she was paid £50 to pose as the courier to collect the parcels.

The pensioner’s daughter said in a victim personal statement that her mother, now 87, was always active and sociable but since the fraud she kept her doors locked, answered the phone with trepidation and was afraid to put the bin out after dark.

Thornly, 44, whose address was given as HMP New Hall, where was remanded, had recently served a prison sentence for burgling an 83-year-old woman, the court was told. The pensioner’s bag containing £210 and a bank card was taken from her home.

Thornly had 30 previous convictions for 66 offences, including theft and fraud, Mr Canfield said.

He told the court she was known to the police as a prolific offender addicted to Class A drugs.

Thornly’s barrister, Naakesha Michl, said she did not steal the victim’s bag and wasn’t part of the wider planning. Others were involved in the fraud.

She planned to move to the Halifax area on her release and had a job lined up.

Thornly had engaged with drug treatment programmes to free herself from her addiction, Miss Michl said.

Judge Neil Davey QC labelled Thornly: “A thoroughly dishonest person.”

He said the fraud was sophisticated and well planned and she must have known the victim was an elderly lady.

  • A MAN aged 53 was jailed for 14 years for multiple historical sex offences against two children.

Raymond Weaver was convicted after a trial at Bradford Crown Court of ten counts relating to the abuse of two victims decades ago.

He pleaded guilty ahead of the trial to one charge of indecent assault and six offences of possession of indecent images of children.

Weaver, a Bradford man whose address is now HMP Leeds, was sentenced by Judge Colin Burn on a video link to the prison.

Prosecutor Alec Burns read out victim personal statements detailing the serious psychological damage Weaver had done to the complainants.

His barrister, Andrew Jebb, said he had no relevant previous convictions.

Weaver began the offending when he was depressed and his alcohol intake had increased.

The matters dated back many years and Weaver had stopped the offending himself, Mr Jebb said.

Judge Burn said Weaver’s victims had suffered irreparable psychological damage.

He was jailed for a total of 14 years with a one-year extended licence.

He won’t be considered for release until he has served two thirds of the sentence.

Weaver must sign on the sex offender register for life and the judge made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for an indefinite period.