A burglar who tried to bribe his friend to drop charges against him has been jailed.
Carl Damien Robinson broke into his friend’s home in Ferryhill, in October, after watching him go out.
When the victim returned home from buying milk, he noticed £60 had gone from his mantelpiece.
Fingerprints linked Robinson to the crime and he was arrested and charged with burglary.
The 27-year-old was bailed on the condition that he did not contact his friend but the court heard how he breached this three times, offering the victim money in an attempt to have the charges dropped.
When the bribe was refused, Robinson became more aggressive and threatened the man.
As a result, Robinson was also charged with trying to pervert the course of justice
Appearing at Durham Crown Court via video link, Robinson, of North Street, Ferryhill, admitted the offences as well as being in breach of three court orders, including a six-month suspended prison sentence for attempted robbery.
Robinson was sentenced to 15 months in prison and made subject of a restraining order, forbidding him contacting or approaching his victim for ten years.
Sergeant Peter Newman, of Ferryhill Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Being a victim of burglary is a horrendous experience but this was made even worse for the victim when he learned the perpetrator was his friend.”
“Robinson’s behaviour and subsequent attempts to pervert the course of justice was completely unacceptable.”
“Any allegations of perverting the course of justice will be investigated swiftly and robustly in order to protect victims and witnesses and we hope this sentence gives them the confidence to report and provide evidence to the police.”