Burglar smashed through conservatory and door

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A burglar raided a house in the early hours of New Years’ Day while his victims slept unaware, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Sam Vesty smashed his way through the conservatory and a door to get into the detached property in Sea View Road, Skegness.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said that Vesty stole a mountain bike, a purse and a jar of coins containing almost £100 cash.

The burglary was discovered just before 6am when one of the occupants got up to go to work and discovered broken glass on the dining room floor.

The prosecutor added “The defendant was linked to the offence by blood he shed at the scene having been cut by glass on entering.”

Vesty, 39, of no fixed address, admitted burglary on 1 January 2016. He was jailed for 18 months.

The court was told that he had 43 previous convictions for 78 offences.

Judge Michael Heath, passing sentence, told him: “If you break into somebody’s house during the night and steal from them there is only one sentence I can justify. It has to be custody.”

Mark Watson, defending, said that Vesty had a long-standing drug problem and throughout his adult life had turned to crime to fund his addiction.

But he said that since being arrested Vesty has been living in hostels and has engaged with a drug counselling organisation.

“There is good motivation on his part to be totally abstinent from drugs,” he said.