Burglar caught after leaving blood at crime scene

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A BLOODIED burglar was snared after he cut his face smashing down a door to raid a house.

Richard Quarmby, of Deepdale Street, Hetton, stole £940 in foreign currency from a property in Grange Villa, near Chester-le-Street last March.

But he injured himself when he smashed a back door. Durham Crown Court was told blood at the scene house linked him to the crime.

The 33-year-old admitted burglary, as well as pleading guilty to handling stolen goods on September 9.

On that occasion Quarmby was found with a credit card taken from a house in Chatsworth Street, Sunderland, when a police officer spoke to him about an unrelated matter.

Peter Sabiston, prosecuting, told the court: “Quarmby was at the Sunderland Royal Hospital at the time.

“The officer was suspicious, and a search found the card which had been taken in a burglary a few hours before.

“Quarmby told the police they would not find his fingerprints at the burgled property.

“That proved to be true.”

The court heard Quarmby has previous convictions for burglary which qualify him for a three-year minimum sentence under the ‘three strikes’ law for persistent burglars.

Alex Burns, defending, said in mitigation: “He managed to cut his face quite badly when breaking the door down. So there was some instant retribution.

“He pleaded guilty so the court may feel able to give him some discount from the statutory minimum.”

Judge Christopher Prince jailed Quarmby for two-and-half years.

The judge told him: “You are older than most people who pass through this court for this type of offending.

“Perhaps you have never grown up, but it is to be hoped you are now doing so.

“I have allowed some discount on the sentence in recognition of the references I have read about you, and your guilty plea.”