Cal­lous crook bur­gled home of his dead neigh­bour

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ADESPICABLE crook bur­gled a dead neigh­bour’s home and stole his cher­ished gui­tars, just hours af­ter dis­cov­er­ing his body.

Dar­ren Jack­son rang po­lice and an am­bu­lance af­ter find­ing grandad-of-three Adrian An­drew, 59, at his flat in Ox­ford Road, Water­loo.

The 41-year-old even con­soled the mu­si­cian’s daugh­ter when she ar­rived, be­fore his body was taken away and the prop­erty locked up.

But the drug ad­dict re­turned later that night to take what should have been trea­sured pos­ses­sions for Mr An­drew’s chil­dren.

Liver­pool Crown Court heard the much-loved dad-of-two died in non-sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances on Au­gust 31 this year.

Si­mon Dun­can, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “The de­fen­dant took ad­van­tage of this tragedy by bur­gling the flat on two oc­ca­sions.”

Jack­son called at an­other flat in the build­ing at 11.30pm and of­fered to sell three gui­tars and a key­board to the oc­cu­pier, Joseph Roberts.

Mr Dun­can said Jack­son ap­peared “flus­tered” and asked Mr Roberts if he could take the items in for him, which he agreed to do.

Mr Roberts was with two friends, who of­fered to buy two of the gui­tars – hand­ing over the £30 he de­manded as a de­posit.

Shortly af­ter mid­night, Mr Roberts and his friends left the block of flats.

One of them saw Jack­son open Mr An­drew’s door from the in­side and walk out car­ry­ing a TV, which he took to­wards his own flat.

How­ever, the next day, po­lice re­ceived a call from an­other res­i­dent, who said Jack­son was try­ing to re­move pan­els from the boarded-up flat.

Of­fi­cers found the TV in Jack­son’s flat and Mr Roberts handed over the items in his home, but one of the gui­tars is still miss­ing.

Jack­son, who ad­mit­ted two counts of bur­glary, has mul­ti­ple con­vic­tions in­clud­ing shoplift­ing, but none for bur­glary.

Mr An­drew’s fam­ily gasped in court when hear­ing he was pre­vi­ously jailed for hid­ing a blood­stained screw­driver in a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Jack­son hid the weapon An­nie Kennedy, 30, used to kill Fran­cis Berry, 64, in Krem­lin Drive, Ston­ey­croft, on May 16, 2013.

Jack­son, who watched Kennedy kill Mr Berry and ad­mit­ted per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice, was jailed for nine months.

Mark Phillips, de­fend­ing, said: “He com­mit­ted the of­fences to sell the items for cash to sup­port his sub­stance mis­use.”

Judge An­drew Me­nary, QC, said: “The cir­cum­stances of these bur­glar­ies are out­ra­geous and will ap­pal any de­cent mem­ber of the com­mu­nity.”

Dar­ren Jack­son, 41, of Ox­ford Road, Water­loo, who was jailed for three years

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