Leeds, Anti-Semitic thief sent to prison

According to The Yorkshire Evening Post, a career burglar who targeted the home of an elderly man while out on bail for violent disorder has been jailed.

Five days before the break-in, Tobias Binns, 35, punched a man after he had been ejected by door staff at the Bier Keller in Leeds city centre.

He managed to get back inside the premises and punched a member of door staff when he was challenged. Police were called and Binns made foul-mouthed Anti-Semitic comments towards one of the officers. He was also found in possession of a small amount of cannabis.

Binns was sentenced to three-and-a-half years over the break-in  and his behaviour during a disturbance at the Bier Keller.

Leeds Crown Court heard Binns has a long criminal record. It is his twelfth conviction for domestic burglary.

Binns broke into the home of the 77-year-old victim by smashing a patio door on May 7 this year.

He stole £100 in cash and two bottles of port worth £50. He was spotted in CCTV footage approaching the property and was arrested a short time later. Police officers found him in possession of a screwdriver.

Binns, of Scott Hall Avenue, Leeds, pleaded guilty to burglary, religiously aggravated assault, common assault and possession of cannabis.

Richard Reed, mitigating, said Binns committed the offence to fund a drinking binge.  He said his client had been struggling to cope with the death of his father. He added: “He just hit the bottle.”

Judge Jacqueline Davies said: “I am told that you have been affected by the death of your father. I’m afraid that is something that happens to everybody in their lives but they do not all behave like that.”


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