A FORMER professional footballer has been given a chance after he committed a burglary.
Richard Flynn, 47, had not been in full-time employment for a decade, a court was told yesterday.
He was a qualified electrician but suffered from depression and had been taking amphetamine.
But Gary Harvey, defending, said his client now had the great chance of starting a full-time job at the Jaguar car plant in Halewood, Merseyside.
Flynn, of Church Street, Shotton, had denied a burglary at a ground floor flat in Connah’s Quay in October 2012.
But he failed to turn up in court on two occasions, including the date for his trial, and he was convicted in his absence by Flintshire magistrates in Mold.
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said the victim of the burglary was Noel Hughes who left his flat to go to work at 7.40am on October 5, 2012.
When he returned to the flat in Cwrt Cable, off Connah’s Quay High Street, he found it had been burgled. A bedroom window had been smashed and his laptop computer and golf clubs had been taken.
Flynn was arrested when police got a DNA hit from blood at the scene.
Flynn denied burglary and said the complainant was a friend of his. He saw a window had been broken and went to investigate out of concern.
Magistrates were told he denied responsibility for the break-in but accepted the verdict of the court in his absence.
Flynn lived on his own in privately rented property and had not had full-time employment for 10 years but he was due to start work through an agency at the Jaguar car plant.
He had a history of amphetamine use but had not used it for three months but would welcome a drug rehabilitation programme to motivate him to continue with his abstinence.
Flynn also had a history of depression but that was now stable.
Magistrates placed him on a 12 month community order with supervision and a six month drug rehabilitation requirement. He was ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work, pay £560 costs and £224 compensation.