Blood trail snared Sunderland burglar

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A BURGLAR was caught by drops of his own blood after he cut himself during a house raid.

Matthew Drummond broke into Seabank Cottage in Sunderland and rummaged through the owner’s property looking for things to steal.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 37-year-old had cut himself on a bathroom window which had been smashed for him and his accomplice to get in.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court: “Blood samples were examined, in particular one from a shredder in the dining room, and a DNA match came back relating to the defendant.”

Drummond, of no fixed address, admitted burglary.

He confessed to police he had gone into the house with another man, who had burgled the place a few months before.

Mr Pallister added: “He accepted, during the course of the incident, he cut his thumb and it was his blood in the house.”

Judge Brian Forster QC sentenced Drummond to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for 15 months, with supervision.

The court heard that despite having 121 previous convictions, Drummond has no previous convictions for house raids.