Chichester burglar given prison sentence

A WINDOW cleaner has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of a burglary in Chichester.

Daniel Hobden, 30, of Victoria Drive, was found guilty at Brighton Crown Court on Thursday (November 8) for a house burglary at East Row, in Chichester, on July 19, 2012.

The court heard Hobden had been working as a window cleaner at flats in East Row when an occupant of a first floor flat heard a window at his property open and close and then discovered money had been taken.

The victim called police and Hobden was arrested on suspicion of burglary after he was seen to attempt to discard money.

After he had been found guilty the court heard Hobden had been previously convicted of more than 12 offences of house burglary. He was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.

Detective constable David Midgley of the West Sussex crime investigation department said: “This is an example of a quick-thinking homeowner assisting police to bring an offender to justice.

“The sentence handed down also shows just how seriously the courts view individuals who choose to commit crime in our homes. I believe this sentence sends out a strong deterrent to would-be burglars that if you commit crime in Sussex you will be actively pursued, arrested and prosecuted.”