Prolific thief Paul Gower promised he was leaving a life of crime behind and looking after his teenage daughter in Westborough Road, Southend.
Judge Andrew Hurst was told that Gower had a long criminal history.
However, at his last appearance at court in April 2019, Gower had a community order for a previous burglary in south Essex revoked.
This was due to “good progress” being made and claims he was rehabilitating himself to ensure he did not offend in the future.
Yeah, you know what’s coming, reader….
But he carried out his latest burglary just months later throwing away the opportunity he had been given to change his ways.
Has the judge learned a lesson?
Judge Hurst chose to adjourn Gower’s sentencing until February 3 this year to allow for a pre-sentence report to be prepared, before releasing him again.
Addressing Gower, he said: “I want to read a pre-sentence report so that we can find out exactly what has gone on here from you making good progress to then fall back to committing crimes.
“I want to know why things have gone from good to then turn bad.”
Because they were never good in the first place, perhaps?
There is a chance he could be sent to prison for his actions.
Sadly, I think this means the burglar. If I had my way, it’d be the bewigged old fool of a judge who’d be in for a spell of porridge…