A 24-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for his part in a house burglary which wrecked the living room at the home in Lowerhouses.
Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday how the householder and his family returned to their home from holiday to find a television had been pulled from a wall and attempts made to steal parts of a surround sound system.
Prosecutor Ewan McLachlan said the householder described the living room as being “almost destroyed.’’
Sean Newton, of Knowle Road, Golcar, was linked to the August break-in at the house in Longley Road after a blood stain on a charger for a console matched his DNA profile.
Mr McLachlan said two men had been seen climbing out of a window at the property and when police arrived they found a brick had been used to smash a window in the kitchen.
The burglars had managed to steal various items including a computer monitor, a games console and another television.
The court heard that the stolen property was worth about £460, but there had been no valuation put on the damage caused by the intruders.
Newton was arrested a fortnight after the break-in and refused to answers any questions, but yesterday he pleaded guilty to the burglary charge at the preliminary hearing before Judge Robert Bartfield.
Newton’s criminal record revealed that when he was just 15 and 17 he had committed further house burglaries which meant the latest offence qualified him as a ‘third-strike’ offender for a minimum three-year jail term.
In 2006 he had also been locked up for 66 months for robbery offences.
Barrister Adam Birkby said Newton was not a persistent house burglar and he now wanted to say sorry to the householder.
Although the house was unoccupied at the time Judge Bartfield said it was still a serious burglary and he highlighted the damaged caused to the living room.
Newton was jailed for a total of 876 days after the judge said he was entitled to a 20% reduction on the three-year minimum term due to his guilty plea.