A 23-year-old man who admitted a ‘creeper’ burglary has been jailed for 18 months.
Kevin Doherty, whose address was given on court papers as c/o Magilligan, pleaded guilty to burglary, taking and causing damage to a car and theft.
The charge relates to an incident in the Deanfield area of the Waterside on January 1, last year.
Derry Crown Court heard the injured party’s had been out celebrating New Year’s Eve and did not discover their car was missing until the following afternoon.
Cash, credit cards, a mobile phone and the keys to the car were taken from the injured party’s handbag.
There had been two other mobile phones in the car, along with cash, clothes and DIY equipment worth a total of £500.
It was discovered that someone had entered their home through a rear window which had been left unlocked.
A DNA sampled was taken from the scene which matched the defendant.
The court was told the car was found two days later in Co. Donegal and it had been burnt out. It was worth between £800 and £1,000.
It was revealed the 23-year-old has 42 previous convictions, including convictions for burglary, robbery and arson.
Passing sentence, Judge Philip Babington said ‘the invasion of someone’s home is always disturbing, even more so when items are stolen and never returned’.
He imposed a determinate sentence of 18 months, six months of which will be spent in custody.