A HEARTLESS burglar who unwrapped and stole a young child’s Christmas presents has been jailed.
Aaron Farrell (40), of Wingfield Road, Rotherham, was locked up for 22 months at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Monday) after breaking into the home of Kerry Lannen and stealing presents she had bought for her five-year-old son Rocco.
Kerry Lannen and her son Rocco
The judge rejected a plea from Farrell’s barrister to spare him a prison sentence on the grounds that he had wasted previous rehabilitation orders.
Farrell and another burglar, who was never caught, broke into Ms Lannen’s home on Goldsmith Road, Herringthorpe, at about 7.30pm on December 7, while she and Rocco were out of the house.
Mr Matthew Burdon, prosecuting, told the court the thieves had broken in by smashing glass in the back door and ransacked the house, unwrapping Christmas presents and damaging furniture.
They stole Rocco’s toys and clothes, an iPad, Nintendo Switch, jewellery and £220 in cash.
Kerry Lannen's home was ransacked by Farrell
Farrell, who admitted burglary at a previous hearing, had 24 convictions for previous offences including two burglaries.
Mitigating, Mr Dermot Hughes sked the judge to give Farrell a drugs rehabilitation programme to give him an opportunity to stay clean and regain his employment.
But Judge David Dixon rejected the plea and instead jailed Farrell for 22 months.
He said Farrell had ruined Christmas for Ms Lannen and she now felt unsafe in her own home.
“Truly horrendous behaviour,” he said.
“The reality is that this is a sentence that must be served immediately.”