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Burglar wins appeal for cut in sentence.

A FENCE who sold a stolen motorbike using his Facebook account has had his sentence halved - after top judges said he was wrongly held accountable for a terrifying burglary.

Shaun Alfred Daw, 26, advertised the PS2,000 trials bike for sale using social media.

Just hours earlier, it had been taken from its owner by three masked burglars, who brandished what appeared to be a handgun, London's Criminal Appeal Court heard.

The bike was never recovered, due to Daw's unwillingness to co-operate with the police, and he was jailed for two years at Leeds Crown Court in July.

Daw, of Tudor Street, Linthwaite, was convicted of handling stolen goods but Lord Justice Treacy, Mr Justice Popplewell, and Mr Justice Edis, sitting at London's Criminal Appeal Court, halved that term to 12 months.

The court heard that, as well as suffering the "significant loss" of having his bike taken, its owner, an apprentice chef, was left seriously shaken by the raid.

He had been "confronted" by three men who "burst in" wearing balaclavas and who appeared to be armed.

Daw was photographed loading the bike into a van about 10 hours after the burglary and posted it on Facebook.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 4, 2014
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