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Burglar: My crime 'isn't brave'

A serial burglar told by a judge that his crime "takes a huge amount of courage" has told the Daily Mirror he disagrees and that he was sorry for what he has done. Judge Peter Bowers is being investigated by the Office for Judicial Complaints.

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Judge says burglars show 'courage' during break-ins

Judge Peter Bowers said prison "very rarely does anybody any good."

A judge has said he expects to be pilloried after letting a serial burglar walk free from court, having said it showed "courage" to break into homes.

Richard Rochford, 26, faced two-and-a-half years in prison following a series of break-ins in Redcar and Cleveland, North Yorks.

But Judge Peter Bowers said: "It takes a huge amount of courage to burgle somebody's house. I wouldn't have had the nerve."

He added: "Prison very rarely does anybody any good."

Instead he handed down a two year supervision order, community service and a year's driving ban at Teeside Crown Court.

Serial intruder Richard Rochford, 26, said he stole to support a drug habit.

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