DNA from blood snared Leeds burglar

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A BURGLAR who ransacked a pregnant young mother’s house in Leeds was caught after his blood was found smeared on broken glass from the kitchen door.

A Leeds Crown Court judge jailed Danny Bucknall for three years and four months after the 31-year-old admitted burgling the house on Upland Crescent, Halton, on October 24.

Prosecutor Marie Austin-Walsh 
said the 24-year-old woman arrived home at 7.30pm to find the kitchen window had been smashed.

The house had been ransacked and her TV and handbag containing £50 cash had been stolen.

She called police and was told they couldn’t come until the following day, so the woman stayed at her mother-in-laws for the night. The following day she returned home and was about to use a cup to give her child a drink when she spotted blood around the rim.

She also saw blood on the kitchen door, which police later used to extract DNA which 
was found to be a match for Bucknall.

Miss Austin-Walsh said: “She said the incident deeply affected her. She is scared for her own and her children’s safety. She said what makes it worse is that she is pregnant and what 
happened isn’t good for her health.”

Bucknall told police he had been arguing with his girlfriend and had been drinking. 
He sold the TV to buy more alcohol.

Bucknall, of Tinshill Lane, Tinshill, Leeds, has a string of previous convictions for offences including robbery and burglary. He was first convicted of a burglary aged just 14.

Mitigating, Richard Reed said Bucknall abuses drugs and alcohol, adding: “He has genuine remorse and a desire to overcome his problems.

“He has an argument with his girlfriend, he immediately turns to alcohol and drugs and that leads him into offending.”

Jailing Bucknall, Judge Penelope Belcher told him: “She found blood on a cup, which she found particularly distressing. Burglary is a nasty offence and people expect to be safe in their homes.

“She described being scared to be home alone, that’s not surprising.

“She was scared for herself and for her children’s safety. She was pregnant at the time.”

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