Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Beer can DNA puts Ulster man behind bars

A Londonderry man has been jailed for five months for breaking into a house.

Alan Whelan (24) of Drummard Park was charged with the offence, which occurred at a property in Grangemore Park, on November 30 last year.

The city magistrates’ court was told a householder awoke at 5.30am on hearing noises in his garage.

He disturbed two intruders who made off when he appeared. Stereo equipment had been stacked up ready to be taken and a crate of beer had been opened and two tins taken.

Tests revealed that the defendant's DNA was on one of the tins. When questioned he could give no explanation.

Defence lawyer Paddy MacDermott told the court his client was drunk on the night and had little recollection of the incident.

Sentencing Whelan, Deputy District Judge Bernie Kelly said it was a serious offence with aggravating features, so a custodial sentence was inevitable.

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