School burglar from Rhostyllen caught by DNA on bottle


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MAN has been jailed after he admitted a school burglary in Wrexham when police obtained a DNA hit from a bottle.

David Carl Edwards, 42, appeared in court from custody yesterday and initially denied the break-in at Plas Coch School, Ffordd Stansty.

A trial date in June was fixed and the defence said they would have to instruct an expert.

But when a bail application was refused and he was remanded in custody pending his trial, he changed his plea to guilty.

Edwards, of Erddig Close in Rhostyllen, who had already admitted shoplifting, a burglary in a supermarket warehouse, and possessing drugs, received an immediate 12 week prison sentence.

At Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold yesterday, prosecutor Justin Espie said the headmaster of Plas Coch School received a call from the alarm company on April 20.

He attended and found that a window had been forced and three iPads, three cameras, ten stop watches and other personal items to a total value of approximately £2,000.

A water bottle was seized and a DNA hit of the defendant was found.

He was arrested but denied he was responsible.

Edwards admitted stealing nappies from Asda Living at Wrexham’s Island Green on April 5 – and when challenged returned to the shop saying he was waiting for his partner.

But he then left through the warehouse, which was not open to the public, and stole further nappies as he went which made it technically a burglary.

In March police had executed a search warrant at his address and found him injecting himself.

He was found to be in possession of a injectable form of amphetamine, and a heroin derivative, both class “A” drugs.

Emma Simoes, defending, said her client had been a heavy drug user in the past but things were now more positive.

He had stable accommodation.

The defendant had been through a difficult time after his father suffered a heart attack and died.

He was anxious to receive help from the probation service.


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