Drunk burglar crashed stolen car

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A DRUNK ‘Hanoi’ style burglar who stole a car after getting lost walking home from a night out crashed it into a tree just 100m from his victim’s home.

Leeds Crown Court heard police traced Christopher Stead after traces of his blood were found on the airbag, which had activated when he crashed the Citroen C1 car.

The court was told Stead, 27, of Victoria Gardens, Normanton, had been out drinking on Friday June 27 and got lost in Heath village near Wakefield on his way home.

Stead put andunknown implement through the letterbox to steal the house keys and get inside.

Stead, who admitted burglary and aggravated vehicle taking, has 15 previous convictions for 26 offences, including theft and criminal damage.

Handing Stead a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years. Recorder Mostafa told him: “You have broken into this lady’s house, violated her space in he middle of the night. She suffered trauma as a result.

“One of the reasons you crashed the vehicle is you were so drunk.”

Stead took property worth more than £1,100 from the house, including an iPhone, digital camera and keys to a Citroen and a BMW.

Prosecutor, Mehran Nassiri said the woman who owned the Citroen was not aware of the incident until 8am the following morning.

Mr Nassiri added: “She heard a knock at the door and it was a neighbour saying she noticed her Citroen had been in a crash down the road.”

Mr Nassiri said the woman was left “shaken” knowing an intruder had been inside the house while she, her husband and son were asleep.

Mitigating, Jayne Dodson, said Stead has long-term drug problems and started using cannabis aged 10 and went on to abuse heroin.

Miss Dodson added: “He is epileptic, he started using cannabis to calm him down, which unfortunately led to harder drugs.

“The defendant, of his own volition, has sough assistance with the Turning Point project.

“On the night of this incident he goes out with his so called friends and he drinks too much. He accepts he drank too much. For some reason, instead of getting a taxi home he decided to walk home.

“He has misjudged where he was going and has ended up wandering to the location concerned. He accepts he has stolen the keys and the property and he was then involved in the crash.”

Miss Dodson added: “He feels appalled at his behaviour. He said the woman would have been scared. He is apologetic and feels stupid, he is very upset.”

Stead must also obey a six month electronically monitored 8pm to 8am curfew order.

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