Blood spots gave burglar away

PUBLISHED: 15:24 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 12:17 29 April 2010

DNA tests on blood spots left at the scene of a burglary showed it was Paul Chapman who had broken into his father-in-law s home while he was away on holiday. Chapman had smashed his way into the Wisbech property, by breaking glass in a door with a plant

DNA tests on blood spots left at the scene of a burglary showed it was Paul Chapman who had broken into his father-in-law's home while he was away on holiday.

Chapman had smashed his way into the Wisbech property, by breaking glass in a door with a plant pot.

He left blood on a light switch, rugs and curtains, all of which had to be thrown away, prosecutor Laura Mardell told Fenland magistrates. He caused damaged valued at £590.

Chapman, 29, who gave the court his postal address in Church Grove, Elm, admitted burglary with intent to do damage at the New Drove home of John Lynn on October 10 last year.

He also admitted being in breach of a suspended jail sentence imposed on him by Cambridge Crown Court last January for an offence of supplying heroin.

Chapman's case was committed back to the Crown Court for sentence, and he was given conditional bail.


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