A burglar who took part in a plot involving more than £300,000 in high-value cars deserved his ‘crushing’ sentence, senior judges have ruled.
Patrick McDonagh, of Tichborne, Maple Cross, Rickmansworth, was locked up for seven years and four months in March.
The 23-year-old admitted two burglaries and conspiracy to handle stolen goods at St Albans Crown Court.
McDonagh was arrested following a ‘very extensive’ police investigation into a spate of burglaries in the London area, London’s Appeal Court heard.
Judge Melbourne Inman QC said the plot, in which McDonagh was involved, took place between October 2016 and December last year.
It involved the theft of 18 high-value cars, as well as jewellery, he added. The vehicles were then ‘recycled’ and used by others in more burglaries.
McDonagh accepted he was involved with 11 stolen cars, worth more than £300,000.
He also burgled a property in Rickmansworth in June last year, stealing a Land Rover and jewellery.
In August the same year, he and a co-accused went to a house in Hemel Hempstead Road.
They tried to get keys to a £75,000 Range Rover from a safe attached to a wall but were unsuccessful.
The home owner saw and recorded the men breaking into her home via CCTV connected to the internet.
McDonagh had five previous convictions including conspiracy to burgle, the court heard.
His lawyers argued that his jail term was far too tough and should be reduced.
All his crimes were ‘part and parcel’ of the same run of offending, claimed the lawyers.
It was a ‘crushing sentence’ for somebody of his relative youth, they argued.
McDonagh had found his mother hanged when he was 16 and seemed to have ‘gone completely off the rails’ from that point onwards.
But Judge Inman said the Crown Court judge was ‘wholly justified and correct’ to describe the conspiracy as ‘professionally organised crime’.
And McDonagh played a ‘leading role’ in the plot, added the appeal judge, who was sitting with Mr Justice William Davis.
His total sentence was ‘in no way excessive and this appeal is dismissed’, he concluded.