Burglars walked victim home from pub before raiding her house

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A WOMAN was burgled by two men who walked her home after a drinking session.

Durham Crown Court heard Frederick Donovan and his accomplice walked Kelly Wilson to her house in Peterlee at about 7.30am.

“She was heavily intoxicated,” said Johnny Walker, prosecuting.

“She awoke at about 11.30am to discover she had been burgled.

“Access to the house had been gained by breaking a window.

“Police found the defendant’s fingerprint near the damaged area.”

Donovan, 24, of Bruce Kirkup Road, Peterlee, admitted burglary on March 16, this year.

Jane Waugh, defending, said: “Mr Donovan cannot recall the events of that night because he had been injecting amphetamine.

“He has to accept the evidence, but he has no previous convictions for burglary and is sure he wouldn’t have done anything other than stand around outside.

Jailing Donovan for 28 months, Judge Peter Kelson QC told him: “You knew the victim was intoxicated and would be unlikely to wake up during the burglary.

“You did not plead guilty at magistrates and have been playing the system.”