Serial crook warned he faces lengthy jail term

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A BURGLAR has been warned he may receive a “significant” jail term for two house raids in the same street just days apart.

William Trotter, who is already heavily convicted, yesterday admitted he was behind two burglaries at River View in Sunderland last September.

The 32-year-old raider took games’ consoles and other electrical equipment during the break-ins.

Trotter faces a mandatory minimum three years behind bars under the “three strikes” rule aimed to deter serial burglars.

However, a judge at Newcastle Crown Court said Trotter’s criminal past could mean he faces a much longer jail term.

Judge John Evans adjourned sentencing until next month and remanded Trotter, of East Vines, Hendon, Sunderland, in custody.

Judge Evans said: “The defendant is getting to a stage where the court is bound to impose a significant, deterrent sentence, beyond the mandatory minimum period.”

The judge said Trotter is entitled to a pre-sentence report before any final decision on his fate is made. However, the judge warned: “He is at risk of that.”

Andrew Finlay, defending, said Trotter has been “making reasonable progress” since he committed the offences.