Burglars have their sentences increased
Two burglars who preyed on elderly householders across nine English counties have had their too soft sentences increased by top judges.
Michael McDonagh, 33, and Patrick Connors, 20, targeted homes between Cornwall and Lincolnshire in a four-month crime-wave at the end of last year and the beginning of 2013. McDonagh, 33, of Stoke Bishop, Bristol, and Connors, 20, from Yate, South Gloucestershire, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle at Bristol Crown Court. Connors also pleaded guilty to money laundering
McDonagh was jailed for seven years, and Connors given a five-year detention on July 8. However, those sentences were adjudged to have been "unduly lenient" by the Solicitor General, Oliver Heald QC, who referred them to London's Criminal Appeal Court for senior judges to look at again.
Yesterday Lord Justice Pitchford, sitting with Mr Justice Blake and Mrs Justice Carr, ruled that the sentences had not been tough enough – and increased McDonagh's to nine years and Connors' to six years.
The court heard that the pair were part of a small gang that blitzed more than 40 homes in a spree of raids across nine counties between mid September 2012 and late January 2013.