A burglar claimed his victim had paid him to break in when he was arrested over a house raid.
Anthony Martin stole a television set, PlayStation, printer and games when he raided a house in St Paul’s Road, Jarrow, in May.
The 32-year-old was arrested after his DNA was found in a blood spot he left at the scene – and claimed he had carried out the raid at the householder’s request.
Prosecutor Paul Rowland told the court: “He suggested he had been paid by the complainant to stage the burglary, for which he was paid £50, but clearly that is not the case.”
Martin, of Wuppertal Court, Jarrow, admitted burglary.
Judge John Milford QC sentenced Martin, who has no previous convictions for burglary, to a community order for 12 months with drug rehabilitation for nine months.