Bur­glar’s DNA found on spoon af­ter cook­ing meal

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By JOHN HAWKINS

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

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