Bloody trail led to prison

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A “CAREER” burglar who broke into a Blackpool home while out celebrating his birthday has been jailed for more than three years.

Damien Griffin already had numerous burglaries on his record before he smashed his way into the house on Cornwall Avenue.

Drops of blood left at the scene enabled police to link him to the crime through his DNA.

The 30-year-old, formerly of Clifford Road, North Shore, was given a prison term of three years and four months by a judge at Preston Crown Court.

He had pleaded guilty to the burglary which took place on July 31 – his birthday.

Julie Taylor, prosecuting, said it was 4.30am when a man asleep upstairs heard the sound of his patio window being smashed and someone walking over the glass.

He went on to discover a large garden pot had been used to break the window.

Inside the home, a handbag containing around £275 cash had been taken.

Blood droplets were found at the scene. When analysed, they were found to contain Griffin’s DNA.

The defendant was arrested on August 8 at an address on Egerton Road.

In police interview he said he had been drinking cherry brandy and vodka on his birthday and could not remember being on Cornwall Avenue.

“He said he had no recollection of where he had been, or what he had done,” added Miss Taylor.

Jonathan Lally, defending, said Griffin was under no illusions a lengthy prison sentence would follow.

Before the offence, the defendant appeared to have turned a corner.

He had been doing well on licence and had attended all of his appointments and co-operating fully with the probation service, Mr Lally said.

He then got completely drunk on his birthday.

Mr Lally added: “He has no memory at all of anything that happened that night.

“Why he did it, he can’t even offer an explanation to the court.

“One is left trying to explain why he did what he did. He is fully remorseful and accepts it would have been frightening for the householder.”

The judge, Recorder Maurice Greene told Griffin as he passed the jail term: “You are a career burglar. You have an appalling record.”