Burglary: man jailed

October 06 2019

A MAN has been jailed for his part in the burglary of the home of a 85-year-old Kingswood woman.

Michael Patrick Mcdonagh, 23, from Frampton Farm in Sutton Benger, Chippenham, was sentenced to three years in prison at Bristol Crown Court.

Mcdonagh was arrested on April 27, 2018 and charged with burgling a property in Orchard Road.

On April 21, 2018, two unknown men approached the door of the elderly woman who lived alone and had previously been a victim of distraction burglaries.

The female victim was repeatedly told she owed the men money who eventually relented and allowed the men into her house. 

Once inside, a second man entered the house and began searching upstairs whilst the victim was counting out money to give to the first man.

The two men were disturbed by the victim’s carer and made off empty handed. Mcdonagh was acting as the getaway driver and despite driving away at speed with the two men, the vehicle’s registration was noted by local residents which enabled officers to link Mcdonagh to the crime.

When interviewed by police, Mcdonagh refused to answer questions. Police were unable to identify the other offenders and Mcdonagh was charged with burglary.

Despite pleading not guilty when first charged, Mcdonagh changed his plea to guilty on the first day of trial at Bristol Crown Court on September 10.