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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Cumbrian blood-covered burglar jailed for two-and-half-years

A burglar who had to ask for help after cutting his hand breaking into a Carlisle house has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Derek Macaulay, 44, had to ask a neighbour for a bandage after injuring himself trying to get into the house in Cumrew Close.

He went on to try to break into another house in Broadoaks Court but left so much blood there that police were able to trace him through his DNA.

Macaulay, who has no fixed address, had denied burgling the first house and attempting to burgle the second but was found guilty after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court. He was cleared of burgling a house in Holywell Crescent and stealing a television but convicted of fraud by taking the television to Cash Generators and claiming it was his to sell.

He was also found guilty of fraud by trying to get money from the same shop by claiming a DVD player was his to sell when it was not.

Prosecuting counsel Jacob Dyer told the court Macaulay, who had 67 previous convictions, had previously lived in Holywell Crescent, after making friends with a woman who lived there.

Because he was homeless she at first let him “wash and get his meals” there, he said, but she later allowed him to live there after she began a relationship with his son.

When that relationship ended, the court heard, she asked him to leave, telling him he was no longer welcome.

He left, but when she went into hospital to have a baby he returned to the house without her permission and took her television.

When she got back from hospital she found “to her surprise” that he was there, Mr Dyer said.

He told her he had cut his wrist while “house-breaking” and that the police would soon be arresting him because he knew he had left his blood at the scene, he said.

During his trial, which he conducted himself, Macaulay said the woman had given him permission to be in her house and that they had a long-standing agreement allowing him to take her property to be pawned.

He expected to be able to buy back the television and DVD player when their financial position had improved, he said.

At yesterday’s sentencing hearing Macaulay – still representing himself – was invited to address the judge about the circumstances of his crimes, but he had nothing more to say.

The judge took into account that Macaulay was “socially isolated” and felt “rootless and unloved” at the time of the offences.

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