Man who burgled pub gets sent to jail

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A MAN described as being a “marked man” in Scarborough because of his criminal record has been jailed for 22 months.

Steven Wright, 46, of North Marine Road, had denied burglary of the Newcastle Packet pub in Sandside, but changed his plea to one of guilty at York Crown Court yesterday.

The change came halfway through his trial on the charge and Wright also then fell to be sentenced on that and other charges committed to the court by Scarborough magistrates.

These were one offence each of being drunk and disorderly, resisting police officers, theft and threatening behaviour.

Prosecuting, Catherine Duffy, namesake of the pub’s landlady Kath Duffy but no relation, told the court Wright had been in the pub on Scarborough seafront on August 26 last year when he entered the private living accommodation upstairs in the property, with intent to steal.

He was challenged and escorted out of the accommodation but before being ejected from the pub threw his beer glass to the floor and told the landlady that he would “burn the pub down with her inside it”.

The court heard the theft charge related to a shoplifting offence involving £10.95 worth of food and alcohol on August 8 last year.

Miss Duffy said that the offence of resisting the police involved officers calling at Wright’s home and being met with drunken abuse. Wright then ran off and scuffled with officers when they caught up with him.

Tricia Doherty, mitigating, accepted on Wright’s behalf that the first of the three offences was committed only three days after he was given a suspended prison sentence.

She added the theft was committed because the defendant had no income and was desperate for food, the burglary at the pub being “opportunistic”.

Passing sentence, Judge Christopher Batty told Wright he was a “marked man” in Scarborough and would no doubt be under close scrutiny on his release from prison.

Adding that he had almost run out of breath reading out Wright’s previous record including offences of robbery, burglary, theft and assault.

The judge told him that at 46 it was time for him to sort things out. He asked: “When is it going to stop?” Wright replied: “When I stop drinking.”