ASBO raider jailed after house burglary

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An ASBO yob has been jailed for his role in a raid in which a Doncaster home was ransacked and left bloodstained.

Simon Smith, aged 20, of Darlington Grove, was already the subject of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order banning him entering any house’s gardens uninvited when he played a part in the raid on a neighbour on the same street.

He was traced after police found bloodstains on bed sheet in a bedroom which was ransacked, Neil Coxon, prosecuting, told Doncaster Crown Court.

Smith pleaded guilty to burglary, but denied he had gone inside the house during the raid, on January 28.

He claimed the blood had come from a glove he had lent to an accomplice.

Mr Coxon said Smith told police his accomplice had gone into the house with the glove.

In the raid, an Nintendo Wii video games console and five games were stolen from a downstairs room. A Nintendo DS video games console was missing from the bedroom, along with 30 games, a laptop computer and a mobile phone. The value of the missing property was put at £1,000.

Victim Michael Gardner, who is unemployed, told the court in a victim impact statement: “I’ve got young children and they been upset by what happened.”

He said he had not had contents insurance and did not know when he would be able to replace the items stolen.

Smith already had a string of convictions, including a burglary in 2009 which had been punished with a community order and his ASBO. Last year he was given a suspended jail sentence for breaching the ASBO with another burglary conviction.

Cheryl Dudley, defending, said Smith had suffered from learning disabilities and had suffered a blow when his grandmother, who brought him up, had died.

Relatives had taken him away from Doncaster but he gravitated back to Moorends.

She said he had pleaded guilty - but had only pushed the door open.

Judge Jacqueline Davies revoked his previous community order and replaced it with a 12 month jailed term. He was sentenced to a further 12 months jail, running consecutively, for the Darlington Grove burglary.

She said: “Burglary is a serious offence, and you played an important part. Your history does not help you.

“The house was subject to a search which was described as thorough - another word would be ransacked.”