Burglar broke into couple’s home and took car as they slept

A burglar broke into a couple’s home in the early hours of the morning while they slept and stole their car and debit card.

Robert Brockway, 34, entered the home of David Shepherd and his wife in Cardiff on September 12 last year and ransacked the house as another man kept watch.

The thief stole keys to a Peugeot 208 parked on the driveway at the house in Wilson Road, Ely, and took the car, as well as black bag containing Mr Shepherd’s wallet and glasses.

The defendant subsequently used a debit card in the wallet to buy a McDonald’s meal in Ferry Road at around 12.30am and attempted to make further transactions but they were declined.

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A sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday heard the car was recovered on September 25, 2019, and Brockway was arrested on January 15 this year, after his DNA was found on the door handle of house.

Prosecutor Nik Strobl said the defendant gave a no comment interview but later pleaded guilty to burglary and theft of a motor car.

He also told the court Brockway had 96 convictions and was on licence for another burglary offence at the time of this offence.

The defendant is now serving a 28 month sentence for attempted robbery, committed on January 16 this year.

Defence barrister Peter Wormald said his client had a difficult childhood due to his father’s mental health issues.

He added that Brockway’s father set fire to the family home and took his son on “shoplifting expeditions” where he acted as a look-out.

The court also heard the defendant had made an attempt on his own life in 2018 which resulted in him being placed in a coma, and while spending time in prison at HMP Berwyn he was held hostage at knife-point by another prisoner.

Sentencing, Judge Jeremy Jenkins said: “I must now sentence you for two serious offences.

“You have an appalling list of previous convictions.”

Brockway, of Sevenoaks Street, Grangetown, was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment.

WalesOnline – Cardiff