Connor Higgs sentenced to 14 months after he fails to take judge's chance to change his ways
A man in his twenties who led police on a moped pursuit through the roads and footpaths of Epsom and Tolworth was jailed yesterday, after he failed to meet the conditions of a deferred sentence.
On Friday 27 May 2016 Connor Higgs (age 20), of Wandle Court in Epsom, was disturbed by a home owner as he burgled a garage in Dirdene Gardens, Epsom, with a 14 year old accomplice. The two made off on a moped, which had been stolen the previous day.
Police were called and spotted the two riding the moped in Tolworth. They made off and, following a 33 minute pursuit involving both Surrey and Metropolitan Police Service units; the NPAS helicopter and police dog units; the moped was bought to a stop on Reigate Road in Nork.
On 6 October last year, Judge Robert Fraser gave Higgs a deferred sentence, telling him:
“I have to deal with death by dangerous driving cases all the time. It is appalling the damage is causes to people.
“You are nibbling away at the system, now it’s getting more serious. You have to change now.”
Higgs was told to attend the Amber Foundation for a 28-day rehabilitation course and to abide by its rules of no drug-taking, no offending in order to obtain a good reference.
Having failed to meet these conditions, Higgs was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment for aggravated vehicle taking and burglary on Wednesday (5 April) at Guildford Crown Court. He was also banned from driving for two and a half years.
Epsom and Ewell Inspector Jackie Elkins, said:
“Connor Higgs has been a thorn in the side of the Epsom community for the last year. He has been given every chance to reform his behaviour and I am disappointed he didn’t take the opportunities offered to him.
“Considering the reckless way he drove the moped that evening, it was remarkable that no-one was hurt. I hope that this reassures the good people of Epsom and Ewell that we take this misbehaviour seriously, and will work tirelessly to protect our community from people like Connor.”