A prolific burglar who broke into a world renowned shoe factory in Northampton and stole goods has been spared prison in order to “break the cycle” of offending.
Clive Goody forced open a window of the Crockett & Jones shoe factory in Perry Street with a crowbar at around 3.30am on May 5 and stole a bundle of mobile phones, a wallet and a handheld games console.
Yesterday Northampton Crown Court heard how the 33-year-old ransacked several rooms of the premises before tripping the main alarm.
When police arrived at the scene at around 5am they found Goody hiding behind a set of cages and arrested him.
Yesterday Goody, who has already served a number of jail terms, appeared at Northampton Crown Court to be sentenced for the offence as well as 12 other “non-dwelling” burglaries he wanted taking into account.
But recorder Dean Kershaw spared Goody another period behind bars after learning the defendant had been making progress in beating a crack-cocaine addiction, which formed the root of much of his offending.
Goody’s relapse in 2015 led to his first brush with the law since a conviction in 2009, the court heard.
Recorder Kershaw said: “It would be wrong to just put you back in prison, I’m not going to do it.
“Having read your letter and having heard submissions I am satisfied you have taken some kind of responsibility for your actions.
“You are doing something to get off the drugs.
“There had to be something done to prevent the cycle.”
Goody was given a two year suspended sentence, suspended for two years, which will be activated of he commits another offence in that time. He was put on an extended eight month curfew, preventing him from leaving his house on Bouverie Walk between 5pm and 6am and ordered to attend thinking skill and rehabilitation programs.
Recorder Kershaw continued: “Having been a barrister for 22 years, let me tell you, if you take drugs once having been released from this, you are going back to prison.
“You have the choice now to quit the drugs or spend the rest of your life in and out of prison.”
Defending for Goody, Brian MacLernon, said the defendant had a difficult upbringing and been making progress on a number of anti-addiction programs before a relapse into a crack cocaine habit earlier this year.
Of the Crockett and Jones burglary, he said : “This was not a sophisticated offence, he was effectively caught red-handed.”