Southfleet man jailed for conspiracy to burgle Higham house
PUBLISHED: 10:41 17 June 2011
A man has been jailed for 20 months for conspiracy to burgle a house.
Stephen Smith, 51, of Hook Green Lane, Southfleet, was imprisoned after appearing for a sentencing hearing at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday.
He previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to burgle a property in Higham on Wednesday May 4 - the day his trial was due to start.
Detective Inspector Chris Collier, from North Kent Police Station, said: “This particular offender encouraged other young men to commit burglary, and has rightly received a custodial sentence. Burglary is a crime that my dedicated team at North Kent Police Station will continue to deal with rigorously, due to the horrendous impact it has on victims.”
Judge Michael Carroll was told at the sentencing hearing how Smith was arrested on September 14 last year following a break-in at a house in Dillywood Lane, Higham, five days previously on September 9.
An aggravating feature of the case against Smith, the court was told, was the fact that the break-in was pre-planned and Smith used young men to commit offences for him.
Judge Carroll sentenced him to 20 months in custody less the eight days he has already served as a remand prisoner.