Burglar struck when woman was at cup final

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A RETIRED Chesterfield woman’s house was raided by a man who knew she had gone to watch the Spireites at Wembley.

Ladrick Brady forced entry to the address in Westbourne Grove through a bathroom window, rummaged through drawers and stole £600 cash.

Town magistrates heard that a patio door had been forced open from the inside using a garden tool.

But Brady, aged 29, left a bloodstain during the break-in on March 25 - when the Spireites were playing in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final - and it resulted in him being identified by DNA sampling.

“He said he had been told that if there were no cars on the driveway, no-one would be at home and there would be money inside.

“It was when Chesterfield were playing at Wembley and he climbed onto a porch roof before gaining entry,” said Lynn Manning, prosecuting.

She added: “He cut himself when his head got stuck in the window.”

Brady, of Devonshire Avenue North, New Whittington, admitted burglary and asked for 10 similar offences to be taken into consideration.

District Judge Andrew Davison said his sentencing powers were insufficient and committed Brady to Derby Crown Court on May 25.