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Burglar Lee Yeomans jailed for 18 months
A BURGLAR who was bitten by a police dog was jailed for 18 months after being told by a judge the injury was his own fault.
Lee Dennis Yeomans, 41, of Chapelfields, appeared before York Crown Court on Wednesday, after he pleaded guilty to burglary before magistrates in July.
The court heard that in the early hours of July 18, a resident of Middlethorpe Drive heard banging noises coming from a neighbouring property which was supposedly empty while refurbishment took place.
She phoned police, who arrived with dogs, and following a warning from police, Yeomans came out of the property, carrying a quantity of copper wire.
When Yeomans failed to comply with police orders, the police dog was set on him, causing a wound to his leg which required hospital treatment and needs plastic reconstruction, the court heard.
In May 2010, Yeomans was jailed after he caused a York resident a serious groin injury when he was caught burgling a house. He has more than 160 previous offences on his record.
Lee-Anne Robins-Hicks, for Yeomans, told the court her client was “genuinely remorseful, and wished he had made better decisions on that evening”.
Yeomans said nothing in police interview, but later claimed he had been encouraged to carry out the crime by an old acquaintance, who he would not name.
Judge Stephen Ashurst, sentencing Yeomans, said he did not accept Yeomans’ claim that he was coerced into committing the crime.
He said: “I reject this was completely impulsive, that you were inveigled into committing the offence by some third party.
“The dog was deployed to stop you running away.
“It is your own fault you were bitten by the police dog.
“It was one of the consequences of committing crime and trying to get away with it.”
Yeomans was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge.