Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Career Criminal Back in Jail after His 43rd Conviction

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Career Criminal Back in Jail after His 43rd Conviction

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter

A CAREER criminal who once killed a pensioner for her bingo winnings is back behind bars after racking up his 43rd conviction for burglary.

Alfred Kirk has been breaking into people's homes since the age of 12 and has received prison sentences of more than 25 years since 1993.

The drug addict was convicted of the manslaughter of a 72-year-old woman in 1997 after breaking her hip while snatching her bag.

Having been released on licence from yet another lengthy jail term for burglary imposed in 2009, he was soon back to his old ways.

And as he ransacked an upmarket six-bedroom home on the outskirts of Newcastle, he stooped to a new low by taking along a 13-year-old boy to help.

Now the 36-year-old serial offender has been jailed again for the breakin on Kenton Road, Gosforth, while the family who live there were on holiday.

Locking him up, Recorder Ray Singh, at Newcastle Crown Court, told Kirk: "You are a professional and career burglar.

"It doesn't matter how long a sentence is imposed, you simply will not stop committing these type of offences. On this occasion, you went with a 13-yearold youth. You should know better than to recruit a young child to take part in this offence."

Kirk and the youth broke into the home of a man and his family while they were on holiday in Spain at half-term in October.

The court heard the house, which has large external grounds and has been extensively renovated, has CCTV and an alarm system installed.

The raiders got in by breaking through a first-floor window and searched all the rooms in the house.

But after putting items, including a car key, expensive watches and electrical items in pillow cases, the burglars were disturbed when they heard police sirens.

They ran off, discarding most of the stolen items at the back of the house.

Police rang the man in Spain to report what had happened and got his permission to view the CCTV. A probation officer identified the 13-year-old while Kirk was picked out by a police officer.

Kirk, of Hampstead Road, Benwell, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for threeand-a-half years. …

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