Mental assessment to be carried out on Kendal burglar before he is sentenced

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A KENDAL burglar will have to wait for six weeks before finding out if he is to be sent to prison.

Ryan Goulding, 26, was due to be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court on Monday after admitting a string of offences, all committed on the same day.

But Judge Barbara Forrester adjourned the case because she needed to know more about his mental state.

Goulding, of Craig View, Kendal, will now be sentenced on December 12, by which time his psychiatrist will have had time to submit a report to the court.

Goulding had been sent to the Crown Court after pleading guilty to a total of six offences when he appeared before South Lakeland magistrates on October 3.

There he pleaded guilty to three burglaries – in which he stole a £1,400 bicycle after breaking into a garage in Castle Green Close, £30-worth of food from a shed in Sandgate and a box of washing powder and a tea towel from an outhouse in Eastgate – as well as the theft of another bike, belonging to Lawrence Brindle.

He also admitted stealing seven amitriptyline tablets from a car owned by Gary Gow, and spectacles, paperwork and a vehicle log book from a vehicle owned by Alan Muir.

All the offences were committed on October 1.

At Monday’s hearing defence barrister Greg Hoare said Goulding had “a long history of mental health difficulties”, which had led to his spending time in a psychiatric hospital.

“It is not clear at all what the current position is so far as his mental health is concerned,” he said.

Judge Forrester said it seemed Goulding had managed to live successfully in the community for a few months after being discharged from hospital.

“But it appears he then went off the rails again,” she said.

She said she was not willing to sentence him without the benefit of a psychiatric report, because that would risk imposing a punishment which would set him up to “fall back into some problems again” within a few weeks.

Goulding was remanded in custody.

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