Bur­glar found hid­ing in loft in­su­la­tion

North Wales Weekly News - - NEWS - BY TOM DAVID­SON

ABUNGLING bur­glar who was caught red­handed in a broad day­light raid was found un­con­scious hid­ing in loft in­su­la­tion.

Jonathan Craig Ed­wards broke into a house on July 29 this year, smash­ing a win­dow to gain en­try.

The hap­less thief was seen by a neigh­bour jump­ing over the gar­den fence and at­tempt­ing to duck out of sight of pass­ing mo­torists.

The neigh­bour called the po­lice, who quickly swooped on the ad­dress in Abergele and trapped Ed­wards in the home.

Ed­wards, 40, who had cut his hand while break­ing the win­dow, at­tempted to hide in the loft in­su­la­tion of the house – with lit­tle suc­cess. He was quickly found thanks to a po­lice dog and the trail of blood left through­out the home.

Fire crews were called to free Ed­wards, of South Pa­rade, Pen­sarn, who had fallen un­con­scious due to blood loss.

Jade Tu­fail, pros­e­cut­ing, said home­owner Amanda Diego left her house at ap­prox­i­mately 1.40pm. When she re­turned she found her fam­ily home had be­come a crime scene, with po­lice, fire crews and an am­bu­lance out­side.

In a vic­tim im­pact state­ment read to the court Ms Diego said she had “night­mares” about the break-in and was haunted by the idea of the thief in her chil­dren’s play area.

The fam­ily had to move out while the blood-stained car­pets were re­placed. She added: “I was afraid the next time it hap­pened I might be in the home.”

Recorder Gaynor Lloyd, sit­ting at Mold Crown Court last Fri­day, said the theft was ex­ac­er­bated by the fact Ed­wards was the sub­ject of a com­mu­nity or­der and on po­lice bail at the time.

Judge Lloyd sen­tenced him to 14 months be­hind bars for the break-in, as well as another 10 months for a sep­a­rate theft in March, when Ed­wards snuck into his neigh­bours house and stole an Xbox and tablet com­puter.

The judge re­jected de­fend­ing bar­ris­ter An­drew Downey’s sub­mis­sion the of­fences were linked and said the prison sen­tences for each theft would be served con­sec­u­tively – mean­ing Ed­wards will serve a two year stretch.

Wel­com­ing the sen­tence, De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble An­drew Pendle­ton said: “Bur­glary is an in­va­sive of­fence which can have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the house­holder. Those who break into a per­son’s home can ex­pect to serve time be­hind bars as is evi- denced by the sen­tence that has been handed to Ed­wards.”

DC Pendle­ton added: “I’d like to com­mend the quick think­ing ac­tions of the neigh­bour who alerted us to the in­ci­dent.

“Her ac­tions re­sulted in the swift ar­rest of Ed­wards who was found in­side the prop­erty by of­fi­cers.”

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