Jail for tanning studio raider

A 34-YEAR-OLD man has been sentenced to a total of 15 months in jail after he tried to break into a Todmorden house and raided a tanning studio in the town.

Bradford Crown Court heard how Christopher Jinks was spotted by a householder at the rear of her property in Wellington Road in May.

Prosecutor Bashir Ahmed said Jinks, of Gibraltar Avenue, Halifax, was seen to put to try the door handle of a conservatory before woman alerted her husband.

Jinks left the house, but arrested soon after by a police officer responding to the 999 call.

The following month Jinks, who was subject to police bail, broke into a tanning studio on Halifax Road.

During the early hours burglary various items of property were stolen including two fire extinguishers and a mirror.

The cost of damage and stolen goods was put at £760.

Mr Ahmed said Jinks was linked to that break-in because of a DNA match to blood found at the scene.

Last month Jinks, who had previous convictions but none for house burglary, admitted offences of attempted burglary and burglary. His barrister Charlotte Eastwood told the court that her client had made significant efforts to change his life around while he had been on remand since July.

She said Jinks was now drug free and had also obtained qualifications while in custody.

Recorder Bernard Gateshill said he was impressed by a letter from Jinks’ partner, but a custodial sentence was the only option.

Jinks was sentenced to nine months in prison for the attempted burglary with an additional six months for the attack on the tanning studio.