A man has been jailed for his part in a burglary in which another man held a mutual friend at knifepoint.

Jorden Davis, 33, of no fixed abode, appeared before Reading Crown Court today (April 22).

This was in connection with an incident which occurred on October 12, 2019.

On the night in question, Davis and an accomplice broke into a property in London Road, Newbury, looking to steal money and drugs.

The occupant was described by Judge Sarah Campbell as a "friend" of the pair, who they had met while living at a hostel.

The man who was with Davis found a knife at the property and held the resident at knifepoint.

Judge Campbell told the defendant: "You, at the same time, were demanding to know where his [the friend's] money was, and where the weed was."

Lily Hines, defending Davis, emphasised that her client took a relatively passive role in the burglary.

She told the court: "This defendant never touched that knife. He never made a threat in relation to that knife.

"There's no evidence that he knew a knife would be used."

Judge Campbell said there had been a delay in bringing the case to court, which had to be factored into sentencing.

However, she rebuffed Mrs Hines' request for a non-custodial sentence.

Justifying her decision to jail Davis, Judge Campbell noted that he had a vast criminal record, with 69 convictions for 145 separate offences.

She stated that the defendant also had a poor record of engaging with probation services.

A pre-sentence report found that Davis was a "high-risk" offender, who posed an ongoing threat to the public and community at large.

The judge said: "In my view, there is no realistic prospect of rehabilitation."

Davis was sentenced to two years behind bars.