A TEENAGE burglar given a “last chance” earlier this month is facing a spell in a young offenders’ institute after breaking into two more houses – including his mum’s.
The 17-year-old, from Winsford, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was remanded in custody following a hearing at Vale Royal Youth Court on Wednesday.
He appeared before magistrates on July 2 and admitted four burglaries, but was let off with 100 hours community service. Magistrates warned him they were “absolutely convinced” he would be sent down if he re-offends.
On Wednesday he admitted two more break-ins, one at his mum’s house. The court heard there are further offences to be considered when he is sentenced.
The teenager’s solicitor has previously said his client steals to fund a £200-a-week cannabis habit, and has stolen from his own family to feed his addiction.
Bench chairman Jeff Langham, referred the case to Chester Crown Court, saying magistrates sentencing powers were not sufficient.
He said: “We believe that a likely sentence of more than two years may very well be appropriate.”
The youth was remanded in custody until August 20. He will return to Vale Royal Youth Court in early September, when a sentencing date will be fixed.