Burglar’s DNA found on spoon after cooking meal
ADRUNKEN burglar had the nerve to cook and eat food in a house he was raiding, a judge heard.
But the act led to the downfall of Konrad Piotrowksi, 36, because he left his DNA left behind on the spoon he used for his meal.
Not only did his meal give the game away, so did the noise he made as he tried to lift a bicycle over the electric gates at the house he had burgled.
The din roused a neighbour who called the police.
Piotrowski, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to burglary of the house on Sydenham Villas Road, Cheltenham on March 29 last year.
He also admitted possessing a ‘Stanley style’ locking knife in public on the same date.
Speaking at Gloucester Crown Court, prosecutor Janine Wood said: “He took a knife in (to the house) but it is not the sort of case where the charge needs to be an aggravated burglary.” The barrister said that the property had been undergoing significant renovation.
There was scaffolding around the property and due to the nature of the work the resident decided to take her children and move in with family for a week. Her husband was working away at the time too, Mr Wood said.
On March 28 a carpenter left the property secure after he finished work for the day.
At 5.10am a neighbour was woken by the sound of Piotrowski trying to lift a bicycle over the electric gates.
The police saw Piotrowski at 5.45am pushing a bike along Sydenham Villas Road, and when he was stopped he was found to be in possession of the locking knife, but also a large amount of property from the address.
Mrs Wood said he had ‘bank cards, silverware, computers, and military items.’
Mrs Wood explained that despite giving a no comment interview, the police could place Piotrowski inside the address after his DNA was found on a spoon.
Piotrowski had the audacity to cook himself a meal while committing the raid, she said. The prosecutor added that Piotrowski caused a lot of damage gaining access to the property, with an insurance quote of £4,182.70 for repairs. Piotrowski had a list of 16 previous convictions covering 22 offences, including one of burglary. The householder made a statement which Mrs Wood read to the court. In it she described how the offence had stopped her sleeping for over a week, and she felt Piotrowski showed ‘such little respect stealing money from a child’s moneybox.’ Defence lawyer, Sarah Jenkins, highlighted the clumsy and noisy nature of her client’s actions during the burglary. “You breached the sanctity of someone’s home,”judge Ian Lawrie QC told Piotrowski as he jailed him for 32 months. “This is a serious offence. That is why you have to be sent to prison.” [email protected]calworld.co.uk