An ‘opportunistic’ would-be burglar, caught wearing socks on his hands by his intended victims, has had his jail term cut on appeal.
Daniel Flood had the footwear on his hands so he didn’t leave any fingerprints when he was discovered in the doorway of a house in Shrewsbury Terrace, South Shields, by the terrified occupants.
The 34-year-old, of Laybourn Gardens, South Shields, was jailed for three years at Newcastle Crown Court in May, after admitting attempted burglary.
But his sentence was slashed to two years and three months by judges sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, who said the original term was ‘too long’.
The court heard the occupants had just returned home from a night out on June 21 last year, and had not yet locked up, when they heard a noise from the hallway.
They discovered Flood standing in the doorway with a pair of socks on his hands and he ran away empty-handed after one of them managed to push him outside.