A GIRLFRIEND’S “Dear John” letter sent her burglar boyfriend on a downward spiral which led him to ransack a couple’s home, a court heard.
Jamie Wild (30), of Wharton Avenue, Swallownest, committed the burglary while out on licence to fund a drug habit he picked up in prison.
He admitted the offence, along with possession of a lock knife which had been found on him, when he was arrested weeks later.
Prosecutor Ms Zaiban Alam said Wild had burgled the retired couple’s home just after they had left at around 9.30am on February 12.
“At 9.46am, their neighbour heard a loud bang and a banging sound,” said Ms Alam, at Sheffield Crown Court.
The neighbour noticed a smashed window and Wild running away from the property.
Ms Alam added: “He asked him what he was doing and the man shouted at him: ‘I will f*****g kill you’.”
Wild then got into a waiting car nearby, said Ms Alam, adding: “It’s not clear how he was apprehended but it mentions the burglar being captured on CCTV and a vehicle being driven away from the scene, so it may well be that.
Wild had searched the bedroom but left empty-handed, said the prosecutor.
In a victim impact statement, the couple said the burglary had been committed at a time when they had been helping a friend who had suffered a bereavement, and that it had caused them more upset.
Wild was caught by police when a Vauxhall Corsa he was a passenger in was stopped in Sheffield on March 30, the court heard.
He gave a false name and was found to be carrying a lock knife.
Ms Alam added: “He was arrested and made no comment in respect of the burglary.
“For the knife, he said he was helping his father cut carpets.”
Wild had 21 previous convictions for 56 offences, including robbery dating back to 2005 and grievous bodily harm for which he served 20 months in prison for in 2012.
In 2017, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbery and committed the latest offences while out on licence.
He has now been recalled to prison until at least 2024 and appeared via videolink from HMP Leeds
Mitigating, Mr Richard Adams, said: “Having had his last sentence imposed, he received a ‘Dear John’ message from his long-term partner that the relationship had ended.”
Wild had not coped well with the news and became addicted to Subutex used to treat opiod addiction which had been “readily available in prison”, said Mr Adams.
When he was released in December 2020, he had left with a drug habit.
“He was placed into hostel accommodation,” said Mr Adams.
“He quickly breached that and spent time with a family member, who does not have positive associations.
“He began using heroin and crack and that’s the background to raising funds for drugs which led him to this burglary matter.”
Wild now had a positive attitude in prison, added Mr Adams, had completed many courses and had been appointed violence reduction wing representative.
Recorder Michael Fanning sentenced him to two years in prison to run concurrent to his current sentence.