Saltash burglar Diane Wenham left trail of blood that led police to her door
A SALTASH burglar who smashed her way into her next-door neighbour’s house left a trail of blood that led police to her door.
Diane Wenham, initially denied breaking into and entering Doris Walker’s property and stealing jewellery and electronic equipment valued at £600.
The 55-year-old had an on-going dispute with her neighbour who is in her mid-70s over a planning matter.
At Truro Crown Court on Thursday, Iain White, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said on February 7 this year Wenham smashed conservatory windows at the back of Mrs Walker’s home on River View, causing damage valued at over £1,000.
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She stole several items of jewellery, a sat nav, a electric drill and some prescription tablets, which belonged to a friend of Mrs Walker’s.
Other residents of the street called the police when they heard the glass being smashed.
Officers found smears of blood near the smashed window, which was later found to be Wenham’s.
They also found blood at the back of the property and on the gatepost leading to Wenham’s house next door.
Wenham, now of Glanville Terrace, Saltash, was arrested but denied that she had committed the burglary, claiming instead that she had gone to investigate what was happening when she heard noises coming from next door.
Sentencing, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, told Wenham that neighbours were supposed to be supportive of each other.
He said: “You have abused your neighbour in what I regard as an inexcusable way.”
Wenham was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for 12 months and ordered to be under the supervision of the probation service for six months and take part in a female offenders programme.
She was also ordered to pay £100 compensation, £150 in prosecution costs and a £100 victim surcharge.