Prolific burglar broke into Penge house on Christmas Eve and tries to flee in minicab

Colin O'Brien

Colin O'Brien

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A prolific burglar who broke into a Penge house on Christmas Eve and then tried to escape by minicab has been jailed for six years.

Colin O’Brien, 48, of Penge Road in South Norwood, was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court after being found guilty of a burglary in Sheringham Road, Penge.

O’Brien has 40 convictions for 99 offences to his name, dating back to 1982.

On December 24 police were alerted just after 2pm to a man acting suspiciously while in possession of various items of property.

He asked to borrow a passing member of the public’s phone to call for a minicab, and even offered the man £10 to drive him home.

Police stopped O’Brien soon after and found he had a car key, loose change, five mobile phones, gloves and other items taken from a home nearby.

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1:44pm Fri 11 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

All those convictions, yet this dreg of society is still allowed to be roaming the streets helping himself to other peoples' valuables that he has no permission to, not to mention entering their homes uninvited.
Now given the paltry sentence of six years for crimes committed, I bet this sh1te is laughing his socks off.
What a fantastic justice system UK has.
All those convictions, yet this dreg of society is still allowed to be roaming the streets helping himself to other peoples' valuables that he has no permission to, not to mention entering their homes uninvited. Now given the paltry sentence of six years for crimes committed, I bet this sh1te is laughing his socks off. What a fantastic justice system UK has. sarfflondonbird
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2:23pm Fri 11 Apr 14

PaulErith says...

Totally agree. Someone should never have the opportunity to gain 40 convictions. I'd certainly back the '3 and you're out' rule. Third offence equals 25 year sentence - no exceptions.
Totally agree. Someone should never have the opportunity to gain 40 convictions. I'd certainly back the '3 and you're out' rule. Third offence equals 25 year sentence - no exceptions. PaulErith
  • Score: 14

4:15pm Fri 11 Apr 14

goldenbroomboy says...

PaulErith wrote:
Totally agree. Someone should never have the opportunity to gain 40 convictions. I'd certainly back the '3 and you're out' rule. Third offence equals 25 year sentence - no exceptions.
That can be done in those US states that have the money & the space to build new prisons & employ hundreds of staff.

We have not.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: Totally agree. Someone should never have the opportunity to gain 40 convictions. I'd certainly back the '3 and you're out' rule. Third offence equals 25 year sentence - no exceptions.[/p][/quote]That can be done in those US states that have the money & the space to build new prisons & employ hundreds of staff. We have not. goldenbroomboy
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2:09pm Mon 14 Apr 14

the wall says...

PaulErith wrote:
Totally agree. Someone should never have the opportunity to gain 40 convictions. I'd certainly back the '3 and you're out' rule. Third offence equals 25 year sentence - no exceptions.
Then you might as well make the third offence a big one: Armed robbery, kidnapping, rape and murder.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: Totally agree. Someone should never have the opportunity to gain 40 convictions. I'd certainly back the '3 and you're out' rule. Third offence equals 25 year sentence - no exceptions.[/p][/quote]Then you might as well make the third offence a big one: Armed robbery, kidnapping, rape and murder. the wall
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