Burglar left DNA from saliva at scene of crime

A man has been jailed after he stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery in a burglary.

John Mallaghan, aged 43, of no fixed address was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Tuesday, (27 June) to six years and three months imprisonment after previously pleading guilty.

On 7 December 2016, two occupants of a flat on Shoreditch High Street in Hackney returned home from work to discover that the bedroom had been ransacked and high value items worth over £18,000 had been stolen. The items taken included diamond rings, earrings, necklaces, watches and charms, as well as a quantity of cash.

Police were immediately called and specialist forensic officers examined the scene. A drinks carton was discovered which had been discarded at the flat.

The carton was sent to the forensic lab for DNA analysis and saliva was recovered from the carton which matched Mallaghan’s profile.

Detectives from Hackney CID launched a manhunt as he did not have a permanent address.

On Tuesday, 21 February, Mallaghan was located and arrested as officers swooped on him walking in the street. He was searched and found to be in possession of an improvised pipe designed to smoke crack cocaine.

He was interviewed by the investigation team but refused to cooperate, simply replying ‘no comment’ in response to every question posed.

He was charged on the same day and was remanded in custody until the trial.

In an emotional impact statement, one of the victims described the “significant impact and sentimental cost” of this crime. Items stolen included jewellery which was handed down to her by both her mother and grandmother and were irreplaceable. She is also now afraid to be in the flat alone and feels especially violated as her bedroom was targeted.

The stolen property has not been recovered.

The stolen watch was a ladies gold ‘Longines’ bought in 1980 which does not have the date dial on it. One of the rings is made of pearl which sits on a gold flower.

Another ring is a diamond solitaire and the sides have a ridge. The diamond compliments the width of the ring. A three diamond pendant was also taken.

Detective Inspector Paul Ridley, the Senior Investigating officer from Hackney CID, said: “The length of the sentence imposed by the judge represents the many aggravating factors in this case, which includes targeting a substantial amount of irreplaceable and high value jewellery and raiding the home only weeks before Christmas, as well as Mallaghan’s ensuing propensity to burgle people’s houses.

“He has shown absolutely no regard to the victims and is likely to have sold the items for a fraction of the true value in order to fund his addiction.

“The victims have been left devastated by the loss of these heirlooms and would plead with anyone that knows of the whereabouts of the items to inform police.

“This case is made even more poignant by the fact that the victim’s mother, who cherished the sentimental gold watch, died only weeks ago, bequeathing the precious time-piece to her daughter.

Anyone who can assist police with the whereabouts of the jewellery is urged to contact Hackney CID using the police non-emergency number 101, or by tweeting @MetCC

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org. If the information you supply to Crimestoppers leads to an arrest and charge of the handler, you could get a cash reward of up to £1,000.

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