Drunk with blood on his hands

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A DRUNK only realised he had tried to break into a van when he woke to find blood on his hands.

David Laycock, of Longfield Way, Todmorden, will be told of his fate in three weeks.

Calderdale magistrates heard he was caught on CCTV breaking the window of a Mercedes van locked inside Cottage Foods, at Dean Clough, Halifax.

He admitted interfering with the van with the intention of stealing.

Lisa Beadle, prosecuting, said: “He had been to a friend’s in Ovenden and had a large amount to drink. When he woke next day, he found blood on his hands and coat and had an injury to his hand. He said he accepted it must have been him but he had no recollection.”

The damage to a van window cost £337 to repair.

He admitted the offence happened while he was on a two-year conditional discharge.

Maggie Cavanagh, representing Laycock, said: “He had been at a friend’s house and there had been an argument between him and his long-term partner. He had, as a result of that, consumed a substantial amount of alcohol and couldn’t remember his movements.”

The court was told his life had calmed down since he started a relationship with his girlfriend 18 months ago.

He was given unconditional bail until June 2 so a pre-sentence report can be prepared.