Northampton Burglar Jailed Due To Nail Clipping
12 September 2018, 12:31
A woman, in her 60s, scratched the face of one of her attackers in her home in Leicester - so they cut her nails and washed her hands.
A burglar from Northampton, who cut a victim's nails in a bid to destroy evidence, has been jailed after his DNA was found on an errant clipping.
Police say a woman, in her 60s, scratched the face of one of her balaclava-wearing attackers in her home in Leicester - so they cut her nails and washed her hands with cleaning fluid.
But DNA found on clippings left at the scene linked 26-year-old David Devlin to the attack and he was jailed for a total of 22 years.
The force said Devlin, of Lumbertubs Lane, Northampton, admitted robbery, causing grievous bodily harm and handling stolen goods when he appeared at Leicester Crown Court.
The men stole the woman's wedding ring during the raid in Yardley Drive on March 11, while Devlin was on the run from prison at the time, police added.
Detective Inspector Gareth Goddard said: "Devlin went to extreme lengths in trying to stop any evidence being left from his crimes but the detailed and thorough investigative work of our team led to him being identified through DNA evidence from fingernail clippings."
Police did not state whether the two other men involved in the robbery had been caught.