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MP home invader jailed
Burglar who broke into MP's house will spend almost four years in prison.

The intruder who broke into Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis' Atwell home last October has been sentenced to almost four years in prison.

Ian Charles Vagg, 40, faced multiple burglary, stealing and steal motor vehicle charges in Fremantle Magistrates Court today.

The court heard Vagg went on three-week crime spree late last year, which included the burglary on Mr Francis' home.

The home invasion on October 17 prompted the politician to move house in fear of his safety. The court heard that Vagg was unaware the house belonged to Mr Francis at the time of the break-in.

Magistrate Colin Roberts said Vagg showed no empathy towards his victims and broke into houses to further his own drug habit.

Vagg has served prison time for similar offences in the past and had only been out of prison for a short time when he committed the burglaries.

Defence lawyer Abigail Rogers said Vagg had been "institutionalised" for a significant part of his life and was forced to live on the streets.

"He gets released back into the community and has nowhere to go," she said.

Vagg was granted no parole and his 45-month sentence is backdated to November 7 last year when he was taken into custody. He showed no emotion the courtroom.

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