A BURGLAR caught after he left a fingerprint on a child’s “trick or treat” bucket at the home he raided has been spared immediate prison.
Carlisle Crown Court heard how the occupant of the property, at Workington’s Trinity Court, went out for the evening and found he had been burgled after returning to the address.
Around £1,000 worth of belongings, including a Samsung tablet, silver bracelet, Armani watch, two iPhones, clothing and a quantity of cash, had been snatched.
It emerged that entry had been gained through a ground floor window, and that a fingerprint had been left on a child’s orange “trick or treat” bucket.
This gave a match to Callum Marcel McMullen.
When he appeared at the crown court today (WED), 28-year-old McMullen admitted a burglary charge.
“Anybody who invades somebody else’s living quarters has to expect some form of custodial sentence,” Judge Peter Davies told the defendant.
But Judge Davies suspended a 12-month jail term for two years. This was due to a delay in bringing the case to court which was no fault of McMullen’s; his guilty plea; him having since served a prison sentence; and him not having been in any further trouble.
Judge Davies also ordered McMullen, of Luton Road, Thornton-Cleveleys, near Blackpool, to complete a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement.