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Three years jail for burglar trapped by DNA on a glove
A SERIAL burglar has been jailed for three years after his DNA was found on a glove left behind at a house he broke into.
Graeme Jacob, of Botley Road, was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Friday after he admitted seven burglaries and one theft.
The 43-year-old was arrested after he burgled a property in New High Street, Headington, on May 23, and a house in Botley Road, west Oxford, on June 5.
He confessed to the two break-ins and asked for another six crimes to be taken into consideration by Judge Gordon Risius when he passed sentence.
Elizabeth Smaller, prosecuting, said during the Headington burglary Jacob had targeted a shared house and made off with £2,850 worth of property.
She said among the items taken were three laptops, a camera and a camera bag, a Blackberry mobile phone and another computer.
But Miss Smaller said one of the house’s occupants discovered a woollen glove on top of a laundry basket, which was found to have Jacob’s DNA on it.
A neighbour also told police she had caught the defendant in her back garden and he claimed to have chased off “two black men”, the barrister told Judge Risius.
She said Jacob then burgled a shared house in Botley Road after smashing a window with a brick and taking items including two laptops and a camera.
Miss Smaller said the father-of-one had 16 previous convictions for 36 offences including burglaries since 1988 when he was 18 years old.
Claire Fraser, defending, said her client had a long-term heroin addiction.
She said: “He has an unenviable record of similar criminality and in the background seems to be his addiction to heroin.”
She pointed out that in the last four years he had made efforts to “get his life back on track” and had come off drugs during that time.
But she added: “The trigger for him relapsing was the death of both his parents.
She said: “This led to him suffering depression and, because of stress, he fell back into using heroin and his life spiralled out of control.”
Judge Risius told Jacob as he was a ‘three-strike’ burglar he would have to receive the mandatory minimum three years’ jail.
He said: “The public have to be protected from people like you, despite your personal problems.”
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