Bloodstains led to police catching burglar

Bloodstains led to police catching burglar

By David Parker | 28/07/2021

Bloodstains led to police catching burglar


A BURGLAR who stole hundreds of pounds worth of valuables was caught after leaving bloodstains that matched his DNA.

James Parker (35), of Morrison Avenue, Maltby, took a smart TV and a games console from a house which his accomplice later tried to sell on, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Ms Amy Earnshaw, prosecuting, said when Parker’s victim returned to her house she found a Samsung Smart TV and a remote control had been taken from the bedroom.

A jar of loose change, an Xbox 360 console and games, and jewellery had also been swiped from the house in Roebuck Street, Wombwell.

Parker had stolen items worth £1,640 during the October 2018 raid, Ms Earnshaw said.

Bloodstains had been left around the house and when police analysed them they came back as a match for Parker.

The items from the woman’s house were later sold at a second-hand store in Ossett, West Yorkshire.

The woman said in a statement that was read to the court that she felt vulnerable and shaken up by the thought that someone had wanted to do this to her, Ms Earnshaw said.

“The thought of someone going through her possessions makes her feel sick and makes her feel violated.”

Parker, who initially failed to turn up to court because he was homeless, was found guilty of burglary at a trial at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court last year.

He was also sentenced for an incident in October 2019 where he confronted a man and his girlfriend outside a block of flats in Doncaster.

The man described Parker as shouting during the altercation, using a vulgar word to describe his girlfriend and threatening to punch him, Ms Earnshaw said.

Another man who was with Parker struck the victim with a torch and has already received a suspended prison sentence.

Parker admitted affray at an earlier hearing at Sheffield Crown Court for his part in the confrontation.

Mitigating, Ms Cheryl Dudley said Parker’s life had changed beyond recognition since the offence in 2019.

Referring to the burglary, she said Parker had gone to the house with another man who had wanted to retrieve some items from a former partner.

Ms Dudley said they had found the house locked, and because Parker’s accomplice had been larger than him he had sent the defendant through the window to fetch the items.

She said Parker had been homeless and dependent on drugs, however, he had stopped taking drugs and was now caring for his mum.

Judge Sarah Wright gave Parker a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered him to complete up to 20 days of rehabilitation activity requirement.

She said the burglary had been intrusive and extremely upsetting for Parker’s victim.

“She feels vulnerable in her own home and violated,” she said.

“The affray consists of some pathetic posturing by you — it was nasty, unpleasant behaviour.”

Judge Wright said Parker had turned his life around for the better and was just able to suspend his prison sentence.

“I have given you a chance — I do not want to see you back in these courts,” she said.

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