Callous crook burgled home of his dead neighbour
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