Bristol burglar stole Christmas gifts from under tree
A BURGLAR stole a family's Christmas presents after breaking into and ransacking their home.
Prolific intruder Michael Denyer was out on licence from a 12-month sentence for a break-in when he plundered a family home in Harrington Walk, Stockwood.
Bristol Crown Court heard a resident in nearby Stockwood Road saw him acting suspiciously and he was arrested nearby with the stolen gifts.
Denyer, 24, of Upjohn Crescent in Hartcliffe, pleaded guilty to burglary and attempted burglary on December 30 last year.
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The court was told he was a "three strikes" burglar, liable for a minimum three-year jail term.
Sentencing him to two years and 146 days in jail, Judge Martin Picton told him: "You committed a really serious burglary.
"The effect on the householders must be horrible.
"Kids came home, all the stuff was missing and the house was ransacked.
"I'm glad the stuff was recovered; it won't eradicate the effects of what you did."
Kenneth Bell, prosecuting, said Mr Osborne and his family returned home on the evening of December 30 and found the rear patio window was broken.
The court heard that, after taking the children elsewhere, the householder went in and investigated the impact of the break-in.
Mr Bell said: "He found items missing including a laptop computer, jewellery, mobile phones and unwrapped Christmas presents under a television.
"Cupboards were opened and drawers were hanging out.
"Police were called and the defendant was still in the local area."
Mr Bell said that Denyer was arrested some two minutes' walk away, having tried to burgle a home in Stockwood Road.
He told the court: "All the property was recovered near the arrest.
"He made full admissions in interview."
Denyer had several previous convictions for non-dwelling burglaries and two for breaking into homes, the judge heard.
Nicholas Arthur, defending, said his client was not a prolific homes burglar, or by nature a violent offender.
He told the court his client had been released on licence from a burglary sentence, and had tried to self-medicate himself off drugs by buying an opiates blocker on the street.
Mr Arthur said: "He has heightened victim awareness and there is a high level of supervision available."
Mr Arthur said that his client was caught in a "revolving door of offending" and urged the judge to take an exceptional course involving a term of drugs rehabilitation.