Would be burglar caught after his DNA found on window at home of 92-year-old Leeds man

A cocaine addict who tried to break into a 92-year-old man's home in north Leeds was caught after traces of his DNA were found on a window.

Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 4:45 am

The pensioner saw curtains move and heard a window being slammed shut as Leon Frost tried to break into his bungalow in Roundhay, Leeds Crown Court heard.

The victim called police who went to the bungalow and saw that a window had been forced and damaged.

Scenes of crime officers recovered DNA, which was a match for 22-year-old Frost.

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Leeds Crown Court

IImran Khan, prosecuting, said the offence happened just after 7pm on November 26 2019.

Mr Khan said Frost initially denied the offence after he was arrested on December 12 2019.

Frost later admitted attempted burglary

Frost has 10 previous convictions for 15 offences, including public disorder and assault.

Abdul Shakoor, mitigating, said: "This was an attempted burglary...nothing belonging to (the victim) was stolen.

"There doesn't appear to be any evidence that he was deliberately targeted."

Mr Shakoor said Frost, of Pavillion Gardens, Bradford, is remorseful, adding: "He wishes to apologise to (the victim). He wasn't thinking straight.

"He was in the grip of a cocaine addiction at the time and that really was fuelling his behaviour."

Mr Shakoor said Frost, who has ADHD, has since turned his life around and has stopped taking cocaine.

"He has gone cold turkey," said Mr Shakoor. "He has managed to keep himself free of cocaine for a long period of time now."

Mr Shakoor said Frost, who is still an occasional cannabis user, is due to become a father for the first time and said the child is due on Christmas Day.

Mr Shakoor said: "Although he is not in a relationship with the lady who is going to be giving birth to his child, he hopes to play a role in the child's life."

Judge Simon Phillips QC handed Frost a 20 month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

Frost must complete 30 rehabilitation activity days and pay his victim £500 compensation.