Sheffield hairdresser burglar risked poorly partner's life

A Sheffield burglar who broke into a hairdressing salon endangered the health of his poorly partner during the Covid-19 pandemic, a court heard.

Thursday, 14th May 2020, 2:05 pm
Updated Thursday, 14th May 2020, 2:05 pm

Michael Wragg was found in Gents Division, on Meadowhead, in Woodseats, after neighbours called police when they heard banging at 4.20am, on March 25.

Prosecutor Beverly Wright said that when the officers announced they had Tasers, Wragg surrendered and said: “All right, all right.”

But he denied that a bag of tools, also found in the salon, were his.

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Burglar Michael Wragg was found in Gents Division, on Meadowhead, in Woodseats, after neighbours called police when they heard banging at 4.20am, on March 25.

In a statment, the owner of the salon said: “I am angry and upset about what happened. When I first heard about it I cried.

“I am very nervous about it happening again. I am wondering what I can do to make the premises secure.”

The court heard Wragg has seven convictions for 21 offences, dating back to 2000, but there was a break in his offending between 2008 and 2017.

Richard Adams, mitigating, described Wragg as a “proud family man”, and the gap in his record demonstrated his ability to overcome an addiction to hard drugs.

But he found it harder to withdraw from heroin substitute methadone, and relapsed, the court heard.

Mr Adams said Wragg’s partner of 20 years has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“By putting himself in custody he recognises that he has placed his partner at significant risk because she is required to leave the home and deal with their children,” he said.

The court heard inmates at Doncaster have tested positive for Covid 19 and Wragg would have to get tested before returning home.

“There has been a considerable amount of reflection in the intervening period,” said Mr Adams. “This is a man who faces significant regret and is wracked with guilt – not merely for the offence but for the consequential effects.”

Wragg, 42, of Bankwood Road, pleaded guilty to burglary,

At Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday, Judge David Dixon took into account the time Wragg has already served and sentenced him to six months, suspended for the next 18 months.

He also imposed a nine month drug rehabilitation requirement and 20 rehabilitation days.