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Chester house raider fails to get jail sentence cut

Appeal Court judges back five year term for Miles Delaney

Miles Delaney

A raider, caged for his part in a ruthless campaign of house burglaries in areas including Chester and Wirral, had his tough sentence backed by Appeal Court judges.

Miles Delaney, 34, was jailed for five years at Mold Crown Court after he admitted two counts of burglary in July last year.

Delaney, of Ruthin Road, Wrexham, was arrested after a spate of raids on properties as far afield as Chester, Shropshire, Wirral and the Midlands.

He was prosecuted in relation to two “sophisticated and well planned” house burglaries in May 2015.

Beatles-style wigs

The gang used easily disposed of clothes, bought in charity shops, and Beatles-style wigs to disguise themselves.

Their first target was the home of a ‘retired elderly gentleman’ who lived in a quiet village near Chester, London’s Appeal Court heard.

While he was out in the garden, the raiders entered and ‘ransacked’ his house, said the judge.

The householder had the misfortune to return inside during the burglary, and was confronted by one of the intruders.

Asian family targeted

Later on, the gang drove to Wrexham to burgle the home of an Asian family.

“They were targeted because they were Asian and were believed to have gold and silver,” said Judge Melbourne Inman QC.

The raiders smashed their way into the house and snatched electrical goods, he added.

The occupants were out, but the judge added that “the effect on both sets of victims was extreme”.

Delaney challenged his sentence this week, claiming it was far too tough.

Appeal dismissed

But Judge Inman, sitting with Lady Justice Thirlwall and Sir John Royce, noted that the first victim had been ‘deliberately targeted’.

“Having regard to all the circumstances, we are satisfied that the overall sentence was not excessive,” he ruled.

“It was wholly proportionate to the sentences passed on his co-accused.”

The appeal was dismissed.

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