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Seven-Year Sentence For Burglar

Thursday June 5 2014

A "DESPICABLE" serial burglar who targeted old people in the Barnsley area has been jailed for seven years.

It is the second time that Christopher Hepple, 35, has received a lengthy jail term for preying on the vulnerable and elderly.

He dressed up in a high visibility yellow jacket, work trousers and carried a clipboard and identification tag around his neck claiming he was from the Gas Board.

Once inside the pensioners' homes he took the opportunity to rifle through their belongings and steal whatever he could.

His victims were aged from 73 to 91 and lived alone.

Hepple, of Dixon Crescent, Balby, Doncaster, was jailed for five years at Sheffield Crown Court in 2008 for ten similar distraction burglaries.

Andrew Smith, defending, said Hepple accepted what he had done and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

Judge Paul Watson told Hepple: "Offences of this kind can only be described as despicable. Society requires that the elderly are protected from people like you. You plainly did not learn your lesson last time."

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Reply Posted by The hanging Judge on Thursday June 5 2014 at 12:58
This piece of scum needs removing from society permanently...put him in stocks in the town centre and let his victims families ,in fact anyone,throw whatever they want at him

Reply Posted by mo on Thursday June 5 2014 at 20:12
Let them rot. People like him find life easier on the inside hot meals warm bed no bills

Reply Posted by JB on Friday June 6 2014 at 08:52
Let's hope he gets what's coming to him inside, I don't think the other prisoners will like what he's done!

Reply Posted by anon on Friday June 6 2014 at 10:01
Sadly JB, I doubt they will. In this day and age with some of the crimes committed this will be seen as petty. There needs to be radical changes to sentences. The government should realise the amount of money they would save if creatures like this guy was not mollycoddled,fed and watered and given a good short sharp shock. Preferably with a cattle prod to his family jewels!

Reply Posted by Rubydoo on Friday June 6 2014 at 11:58
He should get a good hiding day and night, evil coward that he is. Make him do hard labour 10 hours a day. Sorry to sound extreme but these crimes make my blood boil.

Reply Posted by Nic on Tuesday June 10 2014 at 21:14
Another one for the Gallow's Pole. Swing