Burglar who left his jacket behind at scene of Portsmouth raid is jailed

JAILED Ryan Zwakenberg
JAILED Ryan Zwakenberg
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A BURGLAR who was caught by police after leaving his blood-stained jacket behind at a crime scene has been sentenced to 12 months in jail.

Ryan Zwakenberg, 23, broke into a house in Byerley Road, Fratton, Portsmouth at about 6.45am on December 14.

He left with a television, but then came back in through the back door.

On his return Zwakenberg was met by the householder who had heard noise coming from downstairs.

The two were involved in a struggle, during which Zwakenberg blamed the break-in on a friend.

He fled the house, leaving his jacket behind.

The stolen TV was found in the street.

Police officers took fingerprints and blood samples from the jacket found at the scene and traced them to Zwakenberg.

He was eventually arrested and taken in for questioning on January 27.

Zwakenberg, of Allen’s Road, Southsea, pleaded guilty to the charge of burglary.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard how, at the time of the burglary, the 23-year-old was out on licence having served half of his 16-month prison sentence for another offence.

Prosecutor Nick Hall said: ‘The defendant managed to run off after the struggle.

‘The householder found the TV in the street.’

Zwakenberg told police he had only broken into the home because he had been cold.

Simon Moger, defending, said his client had been drunk at the time.

‘He’s ashamed to have that offence on his record,’ he added.

‘He has expressed his remorse at having committed this offence.’

Recorder Stephen Leonard said he accepted the burglary had been impulsive.

But he said the offence was so serious that he could only be given a custodial sentence.

Recorder Leonard said he believed Zwakenberg to be genuinely remorseful, and took into account his early guilty plea.

He sentenced him to 12 months in jail, instead of a possible 18 months.