Teen burglar jailed after Facebook boasts
PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 June 2011
A TEENAGE burglar has been jailed after reportedly gloating on Facebook that he had escaped a harsher sentence.
Liam Cunliffe gloated on the social website after a judge had dropped a charge of manslaughter against him – but he was then given an increased custodial term for burglary, meaning he will spend the next 27 months at a young offenders’ institute.
The 18-year-old from Weston had been accused of manslaughter after a pensioner died after he broke into her house with an accomplice.
Cunliffe, of Longridge Way, and 18-year-old Louis Corbett broke into Pauline Reddick’s home in Westbury-on-Trym, near Bristol, at around 3.30am on August 17 last year, and stole her handbag.
The 80-year-old, who lived alone, suffered from a medical condition which weakened her blood vessels and made them more susceptible to rupturing, collapsed after interrupting the duo.
She then suffered a stroke following the break-in, and died in hospital 18 hours later.
After he escaped a longer jail term for manslaughter, Cunliffe reportedly wrote ‘bring it on easy!’ on his Facebook site, as well as ‘I’m not going prison. I refuse.’
Cunliffe and Corbett stood accused at Bristol Crown Court on the charge of manslaughter, which they denied, having pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary at an earlier hearing.
On similar postings on his Facebook profile, Cunliffe is also said to have written ‘Is a happy bunni all I can say dropped yaa’ and, ahead of the eventual sentence, ‘Im only looking at 6 months haa bring it on easy’.
Judge Neil Ford, the Recorder of Bristol, dismissed the manslaughter charge after hearing representations from legal teams at the court.
Corbett, now of Penzance in Cornwall, has been sentenced to two years in a young offenders’ institute.