Kidnapped East Lancs raider walks from court

Michael Price-Rutherford

Michael Price-Rutherford

First published in News

A BURGLAR who was kidnapped and beaten up by vigilantes after a break-in has been handed a suspended jail term.

Michael Price-Rutherford, 22, was on bail for another burglary when was ‘look out’ for Timothy Hartley, 29, while he climbed into a house in Sherwood Road, Blackburn.

A court heard how resident Kelly Hilton’s neighbour told her she had taken photos of the men on her phone.

Miss Hilton recognised one as Price-Rutherford, of Railway Street, Nelson. He was later forced into a van by Daniel Howarth and Daniel Finn and driven around for five hours to Bolton.

His ordeal ended when he was made to take off his jacket, T-shirt, socks and shoes and left crying in a street.

Howarth, of Burnley Road, Blackburn, and Finn, from Blackpool, were both jailed after admitting to kidnap.

Price-Rutherford had been on bail for a burglary at Tarbert Crescent, in which copper piping was stolen, when he was arrested for the Sherwood Road raid. He admitted two counts of burglary and breaching curfew.

He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months and an 18-month supervision order at Preston Crown Court.

David Farley, for Price-Rutherford, said the defendant’s father had recently been diagnosed with cancer.

He said: “He takes full responsibility for what he did. The truth is he was with people who he simply did not have the strength to stand up to or walk away from.

“Now is a good time to offer him a suspended sentence.”

Hartley, of Monmouth Road, Blackburn, also escaped an immediate custodial sent despite being a ‘three-strike burglar’, which would normally mean he would get a minimum of three years in prison.

Recorder Michael Blakey accepted Joe Boyd’s mitigation that his client had a job lined up, had gone through a long period of not offending and had waited months to be sentenced, meaning it would be unfair to send him straight to jail.

Hartley was given 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years. Both defendants have to pay a £100 surcharge.

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5:51pm Fri 2 May 14

Bluelizzy says...

3 strikes and you are out. ... unless you spin a good sob story. Judges ? a waste of space / opportunity /resources.

The vigilantes did more good.
3 strikes and you are out. ... unless you spin a good sob story. Judges ? a waste of space / opportunity /resources. The vigilantes did more good. Bluelizzy
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7:22am Sat 3 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

Oh here we go, his father has recently been diagnosed with cancer..............
AND?????

How many people unfortunately get diagnosed with cancer on a daily basis? And of those people how many of their relatives respond to the news by going out and burgling houses?

Burglary should carry an immediate custodial sentence, first offence or not.
Oh here we go, his father has recently been diagnosed with cancer.............. AND????? How many people unfortunately get diagnosed with cancer on a daily basis? And of those people how many of their relatives respond to the news by going out and burgling houses? Burglary should carry an immediate custodial sentence, first offence or not. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 6

10:21am Sat 3 May 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Oh here we go, his father has recently been diagnosed with cancer..............

AND?????

How many people unfortunately get diagnosed with cancer on a daily basis? And of those people how many of their relatives respond to the news by going out and burgling houses?

Burglary should carry an immediate custodial sentence, first offence or not.
It's called solicitors bile, I think they actually believe what the scum tell them, sod the victim, suspend the sentence then they can burgle again, you couldn't make it up. Who said crime doesn't pay?
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Oh here we go, his father has recently been diagnosed with cancer.............. AND????? How many people unfortunately get diagnosed with cancer on a daily basis? And of those people how many of their relatives respond to the news by going out and burgling houses? Burglary should carry an immediate custodial sentence, first offence or not.[/p][/quote]It's called solicitors bile, I think they actually believe what the scum tell them, sod the victim, suspend the sentence then they can burgle again, you couldn't make it up. Who said crime doesn't pay? Lancs - pensioner
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4:07pm Sat 3 May 14

CorkyMac says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
Oh here we go, his father has recently been diagnosed with cancer..............


AND?????

How many people unfortunately get diagnosed with cancer on a daily basis? And of those people how many of their relatives respond to the news by going out and burgling houses?

Burglary should carry an immediate custodial sentence, first offence or not.
It's called solicitors bile, I think they actually believe what the scum tell them, sod the victim, suspend the sentence then they can burgle again, you couldn't make it up. Who said crime doesn't pay?
You're right LP, It Is bile, but I don't believe for one minuet these solicitors swallow the bull$hit fed to them, If they are any good at keeping them out of jail, then It's repeat custom for them the majority of the time and also word of mouth amongst the lowlife for more business. Sorry but some of these solicitors make my blood boil more than the accused sometimes, they are making good money out of criminal activity by getting them back on the street again. My bet Is that they would be the ones shouting loudest If their dwelling was broke Into, but then the courts would send the offender down, because they all seem to pi$s In the same pot. They seem to plead more sob stories than a beach has grains of sand. You're right crime does seem to pay at the moment, because If you get caught just say one of the following;
One of my parents have become sick
You've learnt your lesson and just about to be offered a job
My wife/girlfriend Is about to have a baby
My life was at stake If I didn't do what they said.
I'm getting myself booked Into Rehab.
It was totally out of character, due to the amount of drink I consumed.
I had the worst possible up bringing.
I'm the victim In all this.

Sure you've all seen your own classics, and yet these educated fools In the courts are only fooling themselves for whatever reason, but they ain't fooling most of us out here, the ones they are supposed to be protecting. PATHETIC!
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Oh here we go, his father has recently been diagnosed with cancer.............. AND????? How many people unfortunately get diagnosed with cancer on a daily basis? And of those people how many of their relatives respond to the news by going out and burgling houses? Burglary should carry an immediate custodial sentence, first offence or not.[/p][/quote]It's called solicitors bile, I think they actually believe what the scum tell them, sod the victim, suspend the sentence then they can burgle again, you couldn't make it up. Who said crime doesn't pay?[/p][/quote]You're right LP, It Is bile, but I don't believe for one minuet these solicitors swallow the bull$hit fed to them, If they are any good at keeping them out of jail, then It's repeat custom for them the majority of the time and also word of mouth amongst the lowlife for more business. Sorry but some of these solicitors make my blood boil more than the accused sometimes, they are making good money out of criminal activity by getting them back on the street again. My bet Is that they would be the ones shouting loudest If their dwelling was broke Into, but then the courts would send the offender down, because they all seem to pi$s In the same pot. They seem to plead more sob stories than a beach has grains of sand. You're right crime does seem to pay at the moment, because If you get caught just say one of the following; One of my parents have become sick You've learnt your lesson and just about to be offered a job My wife/girlfriend Is about to have a baby My life was at stake If I didn't do what they said. I'm getting myself booked Into Rehab. It was totally out of character, due to the amount of drink I consumed. I had the worst possible up bringing. I'm the victim In all this. Sure you've all seen your own classics, and yet these educated fools In the courts are only fooling themselves for whatever reason, but they ain't fooling most of us out here, the ones they are supposed to be protecting. PATHETIC! CorkyMac
  • Score: 4

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