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Bloodstained jacket foils thief
Stirling Sheriff Court
Campbell was jailed by Sheriff Cubie at Stirling Sheriff Court
A housebreaker who was caught after selling his bloodstained jacket to the neighbour of a woman whose house he had just robbed has been jailed.

Sandy Campbell, 26, from Alloa, was imprisoned for 18 months at Stirling Sheriff Court for the offence committed in July.

Campbell smashed his way through a window into the woman's house before making off with her bag and purse.

He then offered his jacket to her neighbour in exchange for 5 taxi fare.

Prosecutor Fred Mackintosh told the court that the mother-of-one was awoken by the sound of breaking glass at about 0255 BST.

She found Campbell climbing through a broken window into her kitchen.

The women fled the house, screaming, chased by Campbell, who initially left too.

'Frightening ordeal'

Seeing a crowd had gathered in response to the woman's screams, he went back into the property and escaped through the back door, stealing her handbag and purse on the way.

It was later revealed that Campbell had also taken a camcorder from the woman's car.

A short time later the accused approached the woman's neighbour, telling him he had been assaulted and needed a taxi.

He offered to sell the man the camcorder for 25 before offering his jacket for 5.

Mr Mackintosh described how the neighbour "thought it might be useful evidence" and gave Campbell 5 for the jacket before phoning police.

Officers stopped Campbell's taxi a short distance from the crime scene.

Solicitor-advocate Mike Chapman, defending, said his client was "under the influence of a considerable amount of alcohol as well as methadone" and had little recollection of the incident.

Sentencing, Sheriff Andrew Cubie told Campbell: "You subjected the householder to a frightening ordeal, and your actions in chasing her out of the house and returning inside exacerbated it."



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