Shoeprint Burglar Jailed

A burglar from Tunbridge Wells whose shoeprint was found at a crime scene has been jailed.

Michael Smith, 27, was also trapped by fragments of glass from a broken window found in his clothing.

People living in a house in Barrow Lane, Langton Green, returned home last August to find entry had been forced though a downstairs window. They discovered footprints on the floor and sofa but believed the intruder had been disturbed as nothing was stolen.

Two days later, Smith, from Allandale Road, Tunbridge Wells, was identified as a suspect and arrested.

Clothing he had been wearing on his arrest was seized, including trainers, a hooded top and tracksuit bottoms.

Forensic analysis of the clothing detected small fragments of glass which matched a broken window at the house. A sole of one of his trainers also matched a mark left inside the house.

Smith denied breaking into the home and told police it must have been someone else, who had used his clothing and trainers.

However, when he appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on 10 November he pleaded guilty to an offence of burglary with intent to steal.

Smith was then sentenced at the same court. He received three years for the burglary and an additional 120 days for breaching a suspended sentence.

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