Man admits string of town burglaries

Lincoln Crown Court G120131-3
Lincoln Crown Court G120131-3

A man who admitted carrying out two house burglaries in Gainsborough within a month of each other has been remanded in to custody by a judge until he is sentenced.

The 32-year-old Paul Anthony McMahon pleaded guilty to two charges of burglary when he appeared at Lincoln Crown Court by video link from Lincoln prison.

The first burglary occurred on 28th January this year when McMahon admitted being present at an address in Lea Road, Gainsborough.

McMahon pleaded guilty to a second burglary committed in Parish Mews, off North Street, Gainsborough, on 19th February, 2013.

The court heard McMahon stole an X-box controller and an X-box head set during the second burglary.

McMahon, of no fixed address, spoke only to confirm his name and to enter his two guilty pleas.

The court was told McMahon had been seen in prison by police officers since his arrest and had admitted a a further five offences under the “early guilty plea scheme.”

Gordon Aspden, defending McMahon, told the court: “He has been seen by two police officers in Lincoln prison and has admitted five other offences which he wants to be taken in to consideration when he is sentenced.”

“They are four burglaries and one theft of lead.”

Mr Aspden asked for sentence on McMahon to be adjourned for the preparation of a probation report to address his issues of “substance misuse.”

“It will also help for instructions to be taken on his mitigation,” Mr Aspden added.

Judge Sean Morris agreed to the request for a probation report and remanded McMahon in custody until May 10 when he will be sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court.

Judge Morris told McMahon: “You have been very wise to plead guilty under the early guilty plea scheme. It will go to your credit.”