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Burglar Damien Price targets his own brother's Margate home

By Paul Hooper
Damien Price, 25, was jailed for burgling his brother's home

Mean Damien Price repaid his brother's kindness... by burgling his home and stealing electrical equipment.

The 25-year-old claimed he was struggling for a place to live when brother Daniel invited him to stay at his home in Appledore Close, Margate.

But a jury at Canterbury Crown Court heard how he took advantage and raided the home while his brother and his family were away.

Price, of Ramsgate Road, Margate, denied stealing a mobile phone and an iPod during the burglary, but was convicted and jailed for 40 months.

Judge Heather Norton told him: "You pleaded homelessness and poverty and you were given support.

"You repaid that trust by throwing it back into their faces and committing a burglary at your brother's home.

"You have an appalling record – which includes 13 previous convictions for theft. You were convicted on clear and strong evidence."

She said the burglary happened just 11 days after he was given a community order for theft and failing to surrender for bail.

Because of his previous convictions, Price faced a minimum three-year jail sentence as a "three strike" burglar.

The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court
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