A "THREE strikes" burglar is facing a sentence of up to three years in jail after an offence against 'an extremely vulnerable individual'.

Jason Hicks, previously of Redcliffe Street, Worcester, admitted burglary, theft and criminal damage when he appeared via videolink at Worcester Crown Court yesterday.

The 38-year-old admitted a burglary at Redcliffe Street in Worcester on April 11 during which he stole a television and admitted damaging property at Redcliffe Street, Worcester between July 13 last year and April 11 this year.

Hicks denied burglary at an address at Derby Road, Worcester but admitted theft.

Paul Whitfield, prosecuting, said: "The complainant in the case from the Crown's perspective is an extremely vulnerable individual."

Mark Lister, defending, asked the case to be adjourned for a pre-sentence report.

Judge Jim Tindal said: "It's accepted that he's a three strikes burglar."

A defendant with three dwelling house burglar convictions should receive a minimum sentence unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated.

The judge said the minimum sentence was three years with some allowance for credit for guilty pleas.

The sentence was adjourned until June 5.