No escape for crook who tried to flee UK

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A burglar was apprehended as he got off a plane at a Spanish airport, after fleeing the UK using his brother’s passport.

Leeds Crown Court heard that Paul Capuvanno got on a flight to Spain having booked a ticket with Jet 2 posing as his brother Kevin. But police were close behind him, and although he was already in the air when they got to Manchester Airport, they were able to alert authorities in Spain who held him at the airport on his arrival and put him straight back on a flight to the UK.

Jon Gregg, prosecuting, said Capuvanno was arrested when that flight landed at Manchester and his brother’s passport was found on him.

The burglary for which he was wanted happened in August at a house in Tingle View, New Farnley, when a couple arrived home during the afternoon and realised someone was inside.

The man went upstairs to check and spotted Capuvanno. There was a violent struggle, until the burglar broke free.

Mr Gregg said at that point the householder went downstairs to wait for police who had been called by his wife.

When officers arrived, Capuvanno had escaped through a first floor bedroom window using bedding dumped outside to soften his landing. The couple’s bedroom had been ransacked.

Property totalling around £2,500 had been taken, including jewellery. The burglar had also left blood behind from a facial injury and it was that which identified him.

Mr Gregg said there was some contact from Capuvanno indicating he had intended to hand himself in, but he did not do so before he made his way to Manchester Airport.

The victim of the burglary said she now felt physically sick whenever she went into her bedroom and had not been able to remove the bloodstains left behind by the intruder.

Capuvanno told the court he had returned the jewellery to police and not sold it.

Balbir Singh, representing him, said he had been under pressure to repay some money to family members and had gone to collect wood to burn in his wood stove when he saw the window of the house open.

He had not sought a confrontation.

Capuvanno, 44, of Mortimer Row, Laisterdyke, Bradford, admitted the burglary and possessing an identity document for improper purpose.

Jailing him for a total of three years, Judge James Spencer QC said he had served long sentences in the past for offences concerning the supply of Class A drugs and the burglary, during which he had ransacked a home and confronted the homeowner, was serious. “You then decided to use your brother’s passport in order to go to Spain to avoid detention,” the judge said.