Burglar betrayed by his sweet tooth
A burglar was betrayed by his own sweet tooth when he was unable to resist some Jaffa Cakes at a house in Birmingham.Reece O'Callaghan, who is starting a seven-and-a-half year jail term, helped himself to the cakes and a pasta meal after breaking into the home of an elderly couple.
He was spotted at the property by a neighbour and police arrested him nearby, but denied he was the culprit.
However, forensic experts found his middle finger imprint on the Jaffa Cake box which meant the evidence "literally pointed" at him, prosecutor Jason Pegg told the City's Crown Court.
The victims, aged 78 and 82, had been away on holiday in July last year when O’Callaghan broke into their home by smashing a window.
Once inside he satiated his appetite before stealing the valuables, including three televisions.
udge William Davis QC said his actions had left the couple "devastated."
They had returned home to find that their house was a “mess”.
The wife, the judge noted, had been unable to stop crying and that they were "mourning the loss" of sentimental items from their home which could not be replaced because they had been unable to afford house insurance.
O'Callaghan, of West Heath, who had previously pleaded guilty to two charges of burglary and aggravated burglary, was given a sentence of seven-and-a-half years detention.
The judge said that in a separate incident in December last year the defendant and another young man had "invaded" the home of man, who had befriended them and who had "significant health problems."
"Armed with a knife you used violence against him and you took his property."
They had also carried out a second raid, armed with a screwdriver, and stolen some of the victim's medication.
The 17-year-old, who had admitted aggravated burglary and burglary, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years detention.