A judge decided to give a troubled man one last chance to stay away from crime after he tried to burgle a family’s home.
Adam Thomson, 23, was linked to the crime by DNA after his blood was found on a piece of glass from a window he had broken.
If you turn this chance down you will be going to prisonRecorder Eric Elloitt
Although he did not go inside or steal anything Teesside Crown Court heard how the victim had felt “gutted” after she returned home late at night to find her kitchen window had been smashed with glass everywhere.
Harry Hadfield, prosecuting, said the mum-of-two and her partner left the house in Chatham Road, Hartlepool, securely locked when they went to a friend’s house at around 1am on November 18.
But in the 90 minutes they were gone Thomson tried to burgle it, he said.
Mr Hadfield said: “When the victim went into the kitchen the main window had been smashed. Broken glass was showered all over the worktops.
Police found some blood stains on a large piece of glass near the window and the defendant’s DNA was found within that blood.”
Thomson was charged with burglary which he denied but pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of attempted burglary on the day he was due to stand trial.
In a statement read in court the householder said: “I’m gutted that someone has broken into my house. We don’t have a lot. I’m scared for my kids.”
Jim Withyman, mitigating, said Thomson, of Jowitt Road, Hartlepool, had struggled with alcohol, drug and mental health issues.
He said: “Adam Thomson is a troubled young man.
“He’s not a sophisticated homebreaker or burglar. He associates with people who sell drugs and gets himself into foolish problems that have unpleasant consequences for other people.”
Recorder Eric Elliott QC said: “It must have been terribly distressing for the householders to return to find not only had the window been smashed but also blood staining on glass from the window.
“I have heard of the effect on those victims.”
But in suspending a nine month prison sentence for two years with supervision, Recorder Elliott added: “The probation service want to try again with you in the form of supervision of your conduct.
“Believe me, if you turn this chance down you will be going to prison.”