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DNA helps convict Chesham man who is belived to have worn womens underwear as a scarf during burglary

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Police Light - 2014-03-22

A 23 year old man from Honeysuckle Field in Chesham was sentenced to nine years and six months in prison at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday 10th October 2014 after pleading guilty to one count of aggravated burglary.

On 3rd March 2014 at around 7.00pm the man entered a flat in Honeysuckle Field, Chesham.

When the victim, a 49 year old woman, returned home, she heard the communal door of the flats slam shut behind her and turned to see the man in the hallway.

He pushed the victim into the kitchen, pulled her onto the floor and threatened to kill her unless she did what he said. He then threatened her with a kitchen knife.

The victim offered the man her handbag and car keys but he did not react and continued to hold the knife against her throat. She managed to fight him off and ran outside to raise the alarm.

The man fled the scene with the victim’s handbag and ran towards Chesham Cemetery.

The man was identified through DNA found on an item of lady’s underwear which was left on a pathway adjacent to Chesham Cemetery. A lady’s sock was also found at this location and a matching sock was located at the offenders home address. Items from the victim’s handbag which identified her were also found on the pathway by Chesham Cemetery.

It is believed the man was wearing the undergarment as a scarf during the aggravated burglary.

He was charged on 8th March 2014 and had faced four further charges for burglary, committed in the month prior to his arrest, but after his guilty plea for aggravated burglary, these offences were placed on file by the court.

The convicted man’s history of committing burglary offences was taken into account in sentencing.

Investigating Officer Det Con Stephen West from Amersham Force CID said:’I am extremely pleased with the outcome of this case and grateful to those police officers and members of public who assisted in bringing this offender to justice. I am indebted to the victim, who, despite the ordeal she suffered, has fully supported the police investigation throughout.

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