Prolific burglar jailed again

PUBLISHED: 15:07 25 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 26 October 2009

A BURGLAR has been jailed for 33 months after a court heard how he broke into the bedsits of two students. The break ins last October were part of a string of dwelling house burglaries WGC man Robert Osborn committed.

A BURGLAR has been jailed for 33 months after a court heard how he broke into the bedsits of two students.

The break ins last October were part of a string of dwelling house burglaries WGC man Robert Osborn committed.

But during the burglary at the bedsits, which were part of a five-bedroom, three-storey town house in Horsa Gardens, Hatfield, Osborn left an important clue behind.

Having cut himself as he got into the house by a rear window, a minute trace of blood found outside one of the bedsit held his DNA fingerprint.

The story was revealed today (Monday) when Osborn 33, a father-of-two with a long list of previous convictions for breaking into people's homes, appeared at St Albans Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty to two offences of burglary and asked for 30 other offences to be taken into consideration.

Prosecutor David Chrimes told the court how over the weekend of October 13 and 14 last year, Osborn from Chilton Green, WGC, burgled two bedsits in the Hatfield town house.

They belonged to two students, Avtar Heer and Ramandeep Bhandal, who both attended the University of Hertfordshire.

Both had gone away for the weekend leaving the door locked and secured, but it didn't stop Osborn who stole an iPod, a mobile phone, a PlayStation, a CD collection, a wallet and necklace.

Mr Chrimes said his haul totalled £1,150 and none of the items have been recovered.

The prosecutor said it was the discovery of a tiny drop of Osborn's blood that led to his arrest days later.

The court heard that having been charged a remanded in custody, Osborn decided to come clean about other offences of burglary he had committed.

He even took police officers on a guided tour of his crimes pointing out homes he had burgled in the Hatfield area.

Judge Michael Baker QC was told Osborn had started offending in the late 1980s and continued throughout the 1990s.

He had been handed spells in young offender's institutions as well as prisons and he had committed burglaries in WGC and Hatfield.

Matthew Nash, defending, said while on remand Osborn had begun to turn his life around by co-operating with police and telling them of other crimes had had committed.

Passing sentence, Judge Michael Baker QC told Osborn said a pre-sentence report referred to him being embedded in a culture of criminality and drug using.

The judge said that while the burglaries at the student's bedsits had not been "earth shattering" their homes had nonetheless be "violated".

He sentenced him to 33 months in prison less the 125 days he has already served on remand.

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