Man sentenced following burglary near Haywards Heath
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A man has been jailed for more than seven years following a burglary near Haywards Heath.
On 2 November 2021 at around 2.50pm, police were called to reports of a burglary on Brook Street, Cuckfield.
A man broke in and was caught rummaging through a wardrobe by the owner.
Following an altercation, where the victim – a 44-year-old man – suffered minor injuries, the suspect fled the property with jewellery worth thousands of pounds.
On 18 January, 2022, he was arrested in connection with the incident and identified as Justin Collins, 46, of no fixed address.
He was charged with burglary with violence and appeared before Lewes Crown Court on 14 December 2023, where he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years and six months’ imprisonment.
Investigating officer Alicia Smith said: “This is a fantastic result for a burglary offence, and even more so as Collins caused increased stress and concern for the victim. I hope this case can set a precedent and others who think about committing these types of crimes can see they will get a robust sentence.”