Jail for Leeds burglar whose blood was found on broken window of house he raided

Michael Walsh.

Michael Walsh.

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A prolific Leeds burglar whose blood was found on a broken window of a house he raided has been jailed for more than three years.

Leeds Crown Court heard 35-year-old grandfather Michael Walsh ransacked the house on Hough Lane at Bramley before stealing a TV, laptop computer and jewellery worth a total of around £500.

Walsh was arrested after his blood was found on a broken downstairs window.

Walsh, of Fairfield Crescent, Bramley, burgled the house in broad daylight on September 29 while he was out of prison on licence.

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Prosecutor, Michael Greenhalgh said Walsh was jailed for three years for burglary in 2013 and was released from that sentence in January this year.

Walsh admitted the Bramley burglary and handling stolen goods from a separate house burglary in Bramley.

Mitigating, Narinder Rathour said Walsh had returned to using class A drugs six months after he was released from his last prison sentence.

Mr Rathour said: “He has been informed whilst in custody that he is now a grandfather. He wants to be a family man and be there for his grandchild.”

Jailing Walsh for three-years-and-four-months, Judge Tom Bayliss QC told him: “You plainly suffer from drug addiction and it is clear to me that you are burgling to feed that addiction.”

The court heard Walsh was first convicted of burglary in 2000 and was jailed for four years in 2003 after being convicted of three house burglaries.

Walsh was also jailed for two-and-a-half-years in 2010 for burglary.