A prolific burglar has run out of chances after she was convicted for her third offence of breaking into a home.

Sasha Fitzgerald was caught red-handed by a neighbour routing through the property on Park Road, off Spring Bank on January 25.

She even went on to try a manipulate him by offering to name the culprit of her victim's last burglary just weeks before in return for cash.

But Fitzgerald is now behind bars as she faced a mandatory three-year sentence for committing her third dwelling burglary.

New legislation was introduced late last year which means those committing three similar offences for serious crimes are then subject to a 'three-strikes-and-you’re-out' sentence.

At Hull Crown Court, Judge David Tremberg told Fitzgerald there was no special circumstances to prevent her receiving the mandatory sentence.

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Michael Forrest, prosecuting said that at 6.50pm on January 25, a neighbour on Park Road heard glass smash while he was putting rubbish out.

He went to have a look and saw someone standing there with their hood up. He also saw a window had been broken and someone inside.

Mr Forrest said: “He saw a woman climb out of the window and was with a male. The woman asked him for a cigarette but when he told her what he saw, the two people ran off.

“He followed them to Spring Bank and managed to detain the female until the police arrived.

“When interviewed, she claimed to have known the victim.”

Prolific Hull burglar Sasha Fitzgerald has been jailed
Prolific Hull burglar Sasha Fitzgerald has been jailed

The tenant of the property arrived back and found his home ransacked. Windows were broken and drawers had been pulled open.

A clock had been taken along with a jewellery box and a £160 jacket.

He confirmed to police he knew Fitzgerald and had offered her work cleaning the house.

He told police she had offered to tell him who had burgled his home six months previously if he gave her £20 but he refused.

Mr Forrest read out a victim impact statement which said: “This is the second time my home has been burgled in six months. I feel unsafe and vulnerable in my own home.

“My wife is staying away at the moment and she will find it difficult to come home after this.”

Helen Chapman, mitigating, told the court her client accepted she would go to prison but argued the three-year sentence was harsh.

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She said: “Her first burglary offence was committed as a youth and none of the offences she has committed have warranted custody individually. A three-year sentence would be a big leap.

“She is the child of drug abusers and has been the victim of domestic abuse. She has been riddled with drug addiction for some time.

“My client has one son who was taken away from her and who she has no contact with now.

“She does not have a friend in the world but does what to become drug-free.”

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Judge David Tremberg told Fitzgerald there was nothing exceptional in her case which would prevent her getting the mandatory sentence.

He said: “I read that you once snatched money from a young girl, that is how bad your drug addiction has got.

“You went into this with your eyes open and knew what would happen if you got caught a third time.

“You had already manipulated and exploited the victim by offering to tell him who burgled his home previously.

“I take into account your mental health and emotional well-being but this is not enough to make your case exceptional.”

Judge Tremberg took into account Fitzgerald’s guilty plea and handed her a 30-month prison sentence.