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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Injured burglary suspect asked neighbour for bandage, Carlisle court told

A man who is alleged to have burgled a house is said to have cut his hand and then asked a neighbour for a bandage, a jury at the city’s Crown Court heard.

It was also alleged that Derek Macaulay, 44, went on to try to break into another house by smashing a window with a rock.

But he left so much blood there that police were able to trace him through his DNA.

Macaulay, who has no fixed address, has denied burgling the house in Cumrew Close with intent to steal, and attempting to burgle another in nearby Broadoaks Court.

He has also denied burgling a friend’s house in Holywell Crescent and stealing a television, and committing fraud by taking the television to Cash Generators and claiming it was his to sell.

He has pleaded not guilty to a further offence 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 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 there.

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.

Mr Dyer said that after his arrest 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.

The trial continues.

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