A MAN who said he was too drunk to remember taking part in a burglary has been jailed for eight months.
Martin Roberts’ DNA was found on a bottle at the back of the Ruabon pub which was burgled between December 2 and 3.
A Mold Crown Court jury took less than 20 minutes yesterday to find Roberts, 28, guilty. Roberts, of Hampden Way in Acrefair, denied burglary at The Roundhouse in Bridge Street and damaging a gambling machine and a bay window, belonging to
Judge Niclas Parry told him: “Enough is enough. Small businesses in the Wrexham area need protection from you.”
The court heard Roberts had an “appalling record” – 26 convictions for 45 offences, seven for burglary.
Roberts admitted he was in Ruabon on the night of the break-in and at some stage he had been drinking with another man, who had pleaded guilty to burglary at an earlier hearing before magistrates.
Prosecutor David Mainstone said the burglars had broken through an outer gate and a bottle was found between the first and second gates at the rear of the pub containing Roberts’ DNA.
Judge Parry told the jury: “The Crown says when you put all the circumstances together, it leads to one inescapable conclusion – that Roberts was involved.”
During the burglary damage was caused to a gaming machine and a door. Cash and alcohol were taken.
Roberts claimed he had been drinking since 4pm and had little recollection of anything after about 5.30pm.
He admitted drinking what he had purchased at the pub, which would have accounted for why his DNA was on a bottle.
The second burglar had been sentenced by magistrates to 120 hours of community service.
But Judge Parry said Roberts had an “appalling record” and deserved no credit after going ahead with a trial.
Henry Hills, defending, argued the fact that the DNA was found on a bottle, clearly a moveable object, did not prove he was part of the burglary.