Burglar has appeal rejected

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A BURGLAR whose bungled attempt to steal a pensioner’s grandfather clock landed him 18 months in prison will be serving his time after an appeal was rejected.

Michael James Bassett, 21, of Elm Road, Thetford, struggled to carry the bulky timepiece away from the home of George Hassell, 75, and was forced to stash it behind a nearby wheely bin.

Police found the clock the following day and were led to Bassett by fingerprints that were found on the clock and on a TV that was also stolen.

He was convicted of burglary at Norwich Crown Court and jailed for 18 months on April 8 this year.

Judges at London’s Criminal Appeal Court turned down Bassett’s appeal against that sentence in a hearing last Friday.

The court was told that Bassett was convicted on the basis of being a ‘lookout’ for the theft and had also transported the goods away from the scene.

His lawyers told the court that he had been treated too harshly for his role.

But Mr Justice Bean, presiding, said the offence was a ‘gross intrusion’ and dismissed the appeal.