These men walked a woman home from a night out – then burgled her house while she slept

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A MOTHER-OF-FOUR was burgled by two men who walked her home after a drinking session.

Durham Crown Court heard Frederick Donovan and his accomplice walked Kelly Wilson to her house in Peterlee at about 7.30am.

“She was heavily intoxicated,” said Johnny Walker, prosecuting.

“Her children were not at home and she fell asleep. She awoke at about 11.30am to discover she had been burgled. Among the items taken were two televisions, a Sky box, and a games console.

“Access to the house had been gained by breaking a window.

“Police found the defendant’s fingerprint near the damaged area.”

Donovan, 24, of Bruce Kirkup Road, Peterlee, admitted burglary on March 16, this year.

The court heard he has a long record for “repetitive petty offending.”

Jane Waugh, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Donovan cannot recall the events of that night because he had been injecting amphetamine.

“He has to accept the evidence, but he has no previous convictions for burglary and is sure he wouldn’t have done anything other than stand around outside.

“Mr Donovan lives at home with his mother and has never had any work.

“But he is a man who wants to work, he has got some qualifications while in prison which shows he is making some effort to change his life.”

Jailing Donovan for 28 months, Judge Peter Kelson told him: “Your co-accused pleaded guilty at magistrates and was jailed for 20 months by this court at an earlier hearing.

“You did not plead guilty at magistrates and have, in my view, been playing the system.

“This was a mean offence, both of you knew the victim was intoxicated and would be unlikely to wake up during the burglary.”