Burglar who raided elderly Harby couple’s home loses appeal to reduce sentence

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A heartless burglar who pillaged the home of an elderly couple while they were on holiday has been told by top judges that his jail term was not a day too long.

Craig Alan Wood ransacked the couple’s home in Dickman’s Lane, Harby, near Melton, in June 2013 while the pensioners, who are in their 80s, were attempting to unwind on vacation.

They had to cut short their trip, however, when they were told the dreadful news of the break-in.

They returned to find “prized possessions” worth thousands, and which held priceless memories, looted.

Wood (36), of Osborne Grove, Sherwood, Nottinghamshire, was jailed for two years at Leicester Crown Court in June last year after pleading guilty to burglary.

He was already serving a 30-month term for unlawful wounding.

The sentence for the burglary was ordered to run consecutively, making a total term of four-and-a-half years.

Today (Wednesday) his lawyers asked Lord Justice Davis, Mr Justice Simon and Mr Justice Holgate, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, to reduce his overall punishment.

They argued that the “totality” of the two sentences resulted in a term which was unfairly harsh on Wood.

But Mr Justice Simon disagreed, saying Wood deserved what he got as he had 103 previous convictions, including offences of indecent assault, GBH, affray and eight other burglaries.

The judge said: “As well as money, the victims lost their memories and prized possessions. His actions caused suffering for an elderly couple.

“The harm caused could not be overstated. In our view a sentence of two years was high, but not manifestly excessive.

“Likewise a total sentence of four-and-a-half years was harsh, but not manifestly excessive,” he concluded.