Burglar who hit Halifax house jailed after being traced using blood sample

A HOUSE burglar was linked to scene of the break-in by a blood sample and a pair of trainers, a court heard.

Bradford Crown Court was told that forensic officers who examined the property in Solstice Way, Illingworth, Halifax last December found a blood sample in a cupboard which matched Michael McDonagh’s DNA and footwear marks on a toilet similar to those on his trainers.

McDonagh, 26, of no fixed abode, was jailed for 13 months after he admitted being involved in the burglary at the unoccupied house.

Prosecutor Richard Smith said damage was caused during the overnight break-in and various items including a valuable boiler were taken.

McDonagh, who had a record of previous convictions dating back to the late 1990s, admitted being involved in the burglar on the basis that he was asked to help remove the boiler from the property.

Judge Robert Bartfield was told that McDonagh was on licence from a previous sentence when he committed the latest offence.

His barrister Georgina Coade said he had been remanded in custody since March and had now been without alcohol for three months.

She said McDonagh had started attending church every week and that had given him a clearer view about his life’s priorities.

Judge Bartfield said most of McDonagh’s previous offending involved “low-level thieving” and he was not yet a committed burglar.