Burglar caught by DNA from his sock

Kaine Kelly

Kaine Kelly

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A bungling house burglar was caught by DNA evidence when he left his sock at a victim’s Preston home.

Kaine Kelly, 21, of no fixed abode, was jailed for 24 months after admitting two burglaries.

He had five further matters of a similar nature taken into consideration by Judge Simon Newell.

He said: “You committed seven burglaries in just a couple of weeks, shortly after you were released from a prison sentence for a robbery offence.”

Wearing a grey tracksuit, Kelly, who was on licence at the time of the break ins, sat casually in the dock at Sessions House.

Prosecuting, Stephen Parker said on January 31, a woman living on The Howgills in Fulwood, returned home to find her gate open, her bedroom light on and her bedroom window smashed.

He added: “He had stolen £700 of electrical equipment - a laptop, Kindle and watches.”

Kelly, who has 23 convictions for 42 offences, left his sock and a glass hammer at the scene which provided DNA evidence.

The court heard he burgled a property on Ribble Crescent. A window cleaner alerted police to a smashed door, and the victim’s 1,000 bike had been stolen, though it was later recovered.

Defending, Miss Laura Hayward said: “Whilst I have to accept there was an element of planning as the defendant was in possession of a glass hammer, they were offences that were committed in the day without occupiers present and with no violence towards anybody.

“He pleaded guilty at the magistrates court - that in itself indicates remorse.

“He’s realised this behaviour cannot continue.”