Thief nabbed through DNA

Jedburgh Sheriff Court
Jedburgh Sheriff Court

A food thief, caught after leaving his DNA on a lager can, was jailed for nine months at Jedburgh Sheriff Court last Friday.

Brian Hall drank from the can and left it sitting on the kitchen table of a friend’s home.

The 37-year-old, of Buccleuch Street, Hawick, had broken into the house in Sydenham Court, Kelso, on February 26 last year, stealing food worth £15.

The householder found the open can, and then realised a bedroom window was open.

He then discovered a pork joint, gammon steak, hamburgers and cheese slices missing from the fridge.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said Hall’s DNA was found on the lager can. “He initially denied being there to police but the DNA linked him in closely and he accepts his guilt,” said Mr Fraser.

Solicitor Mat Patrick, defending, said his client had a long standing problem with alcohol. He said the house belonged to a friend Hall sometimes drank with.

“He remembers very little about the incident due to his addiction, “explained Mr Patrick, “but given the evidence he accepts it is fairly conclusive”.

Jailing Hall for nine months, Sheriff Derrick McIntyre told him: “You broke into someone’s house.

“The fact only £15 worth of items were stolen is neither here nor there.”