A burglar who bragged in a Facebook post: "I’m only lookin' at six months", was jailed for more than two years, after the post was brought to the attention of the sentencing judge.
Liam Cunliffe, 18, had been facing a manslaughter charge after 80-year old Pauline Reddick died of a stroke when Cunliffe and accomplice Louis Corbett broke into her home.
But the woman's death could not be linked directed to the burglary so the manslaughter charges were dropped, leaving the teenagers facing only burglary charges at Bristol crown court.
Avoiding the manslaughter charge pleased Cunliffe no-end. “Liam Cunliffe is a happy bunni all i can say DROPED!! YAA. I’m only lookin at 6 months haa bring it on easy!” he bragged on his Facebook page.
Judge Neil Ford QC was less impressed, however, and called the missive a “dagger into the heart” of Mrs Reddick’s remaining family.
“I cannot sentence you for a lack of moral fibre and decency, but I am of the view you have shown no remorse," he said. "What you posted on Facebook... would have borne a dagger into the heart of the family of the bereaved.”
He sentenced Cunliffe to 27 months in a young offenders’ institute. Corbett got two years.
Referring to the Facbook post, Mrs Reddick’s family wrote in a statement to the court: “The attitude of those we hold responsible for mum’s death caused much sadness and some anger. They have shown no remorse or conscience for their actions.”
The pair broke into Mrs Reddick's home in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol at 3.30 on an August morning last year. The woman collapsed later that morning and died 18 hours later of a stroke.
The judge said he could not be sure of a link between the burglary and the stroke.