Church burglar’s term cut

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A BURGLAR who has racked up more than 500 crimes has had his latest prison sentence slashed by appeal judges.

Christopher John Coulthard, who is originally from Peterlee, County Durham, mostly targets churches.

He was jailed for nine years in January last year after admitting three such burglaries in Worcestershire.

However, three senior judges slashed his sentence to six years at the Court of Appeal on Friday.

Lord Justice Laws said Coulthard had a “spectacular” record for crime, with convictions for 101 offences, mostly burglary and theft, and had spent about 30 of his 49 years in prison.

When previously before a court in Swansea in 2003, Coulthard had asked for a further 502 crimes at churches and chapels to be taken into consideration.

In the appeal judgement, Lord Justice Laws said: “Our conclusion is that, notwithstanding the appellant’s quite appalling record and the serious aggravation of these offences occasioned by the choice of victim, nine years is too long.”