Thief arrested after police follow blood trail from scene of burglary to his flat - right next door

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
Graham Osment, 39, targeted the property directly next door to him (SWNS)

A thief who burgled his next door neighbour was caught after a trail of blood at the crime scene led officers straight to his house.

Graham Osment, 39, targeted the property directly next door to him - but cut his hand after smashing through a lounge window.

Police only had to follow the bloody trail to find the culprit holed up in his flat in Courthouse Green, Coventry.

Osmet was sentenced to 20 months in prison for the burglary (PA)

Osment stole jewellery, a laptop and alcohol when his neighbour went out for the afternoon on June 30 this year and left her front door unlocked.

Officers found blood by the window and dotted around the flat where the thief had injured himself while searching every room.

On Thursday,Osment was jailed for 20 months after he admitted burglary at Warwick Crown Court.

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His previous convictions include a domestic burglary and no fewer than 12 commercial burglaries, as well as robbery and drug offences.

Sentencing, Judge Peter Cooke said: “You are a man who has thoroughly wasted his life, causing great misery to your victims.

“In taking the laptop, you have not just taken a few hundred pounds worth of computer, you have taken her personal documents and, more distressingly, all her family photographs – all so you could get your next fix of smack or whatever.

Osment has a long list of previous burglary convictions (SWNS)

“That’s how you have led your life – ‘to hell with other people, I’ll take what I want."

Defending Gareth James, said: "He’s a 39-year-old man who has spent a good deal of his adult life in custody, and he’s failed to co-operate with community orders in the past.

“This offence came after about seven months at large in the community, which is the longest period he’s been at liberty for a significant number of years.

“He is motivated to address his alcohol dependency as he has addressed his drug dependency.”