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Teen facing lengthy jail term after clocking up EIGHTH home burglary conviction

Carlisle Crown Court

A TEENAGER is facing a lengthy jail term after burgling a family’s Kendal home as they slept.

Liam John Martin, 18, stole a wallet and contents while breaking into the Hardknott Gardens address during the early hours of March 9.

Martin then stole a Volkswagen Sharan from a neighbouring property on the same street, and was also caught on CCTV as he used a bank card stolen during the burglary at a McDonald’s in the Leyland area of Lancashire around an hour after that original crime.

Martin, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to offences of burglary, theft of the vehicle and fraud when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court this morning (THURS).

The court heard Martin now faces a minimum three-year custodial sentence under a “three-strike” rule for repeat offending. The heavily convicted teen is said to have seven previous convictions for home burglaries.

Judge Nicholas Barker adjourned the case for a fortnight. Martin is due to be sentenced at the crown court on June 18, and in the meantime was remanded in custody by the judge.

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