Prolific home burglar sent to jail again

Liam Jackson, 30, Dryden Road, Balby, who was sentenced to four years for theft.
Liam Jackson, 30, Dryden Road, Balby, who was sentenced to four years for theft.

THIS proflific burglar has once again been locked up after breaking into the homes of a Doncaster magistrate and a bank manager on the same day.

Liam Jackson committed his first break-in aged 12, and has 39 convictions for burglary. The 30-year-old has spent most of his adult life behind bars.

Jackson, of Dryden Road, Balby, has received another four years for breaking into three houses in Balby to try to raise cash to pay off loan sharks.

Recorder Martin Bethel told Doncaster Crown Court: “I don’t remember ever seeing a record as bad as this - and I have seen some bad ones over the last 45 years.”

Jackson’s first target on June 16 this year was a semi-detached home belonging to Teresa Hodgson in Tickhill Road.

A laptop and cash had been taken, her daughter’s jewellery was in a pile on the bed, and the house had been searched, said Carl Fitch, prosecuting.

The laptop had been given to Miss Hodgson by her father and had many pictures of him.

“It will be difficult to replace and breaks my heart,” she said in a victim impact statement.

Jackson then raided the four-bedroom detached home of bank manager Emma Dobson and her family at Ash Court Drive, Balby. Jewellery was stolen, along with cash.

Mrs Dobson said: “I had to wash everything because my home felt dirty.”

Jackson’s third target was the home of magistrate Alan Phillips, while he was sitting in his lounge in Brayton Drive.

Jackson was arrested three weeks later after his fingerprint was found at the Dobsons’ house. He admitted all three burglaries.