Jail term for burglar after knife offence

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A convicted burglar caught with a lock knife weeks after being spared jail has now been sent to prison for 15 months, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

Scott Rogers, 40, was given a nine month suspended prison sentence on July 19 after he admitted breaking in to a house in Longdales Road in 
Lincoln.

The court heard Rogers broke into the garage of the house and kicked his way through the front 
door.

Rogers then went upstairs into the bedrooms, but was spotted by neighbours who raised the alarm with the 
police.

When he realised police officers had arrived Rogers climbed onto the roof of the house.

But the court heard how Rogers then fell and broke his 
ankle.

Lincoln Crown Court was told Rogers breached the sentence just three weeks later when he was stopped while riding a bike in Lincoln Road, Welton.

Prosecuting, Andrew Scott, said Rogers was found to be carrying a silver lock knife in his jacket pocket.

Mr Scott said: “It was closed but could be easily 
opened.”

Rogers was granted bail after claiming he used to the knife to “whittle wood”.

But he was arrested again after police were called to a disturbance in Lincoln city centre on Tuesday, August 
13.

Police searched Rogers and found he was in possession of small amounts of cannabis and amphetamines worth just 
£10.

Mitigating, Chris Geeson, told the court Rogers accepted he had to go to jail for breaching his sentence.

But Mr Geeson said: “There is no evidence he was going to use the knife in an aggressive way.”

Rogers, of Spring Court, Welton, admitted possessing a bladed article and two charges of possessing class B drugs in August this year.

Passing sentence Recorder Julian Taylor told Rogers he had not learnt his lesson with carrying knives.

Recorder Taylor told Rogers: “This is the fifth time you have been caught with such an article.

He added: “What concerns me is that you have again been caught with a knife in a public place.”