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Pictured: burglar Samuel Mulligan broke into Las Iguanas in Cardiff but staff found him sleeping in the morning. Mulligan has been jailed for 12 months

Pictured: burglar Samuel Mulligan broke into Las Iguanas in Cardiff but staff found him sleeping in the morning. Mulligan has been jailed for 12 months

Pictured: burglar Samuel Mulligan broke into Las Iguanas in Cardiff but staff found him sleeping in the morning. Mulligan has been jailed for 12 months

A burglar who broke into a restaurant and fell asleep on the sofa after helping himself to alcohol from the bar has been jailed for 12 months.

Staff found Samuel Mulligan in Las Iguanas, Cardiff, on December 7 when they came in to open the restaurant.

Prosecutor Laurence Jones told Newport Crown Court on Wednesday: ‘The supervisor opened the restaurant at 8am. She noticed there were two tills open and the defendant was lying face down on a settee.’

The supervisor locked Mulligan inside and the 31-year-old was still passed out on the settee when police arrived. He had been drinking bottles of spirits from the bar.

Mr Jones added: ‘CCTV showed he had entered the restaurant at 3.15am, gone behind the bar, removed the tills and then gone to sleep in the premises. He had gained access via a fire door.

‘He had worn a cap and hood, with gloves and a torch. When police attended he was arrested for burglary and the defendant replied OK.’

Mulligan was arrested and, still tired, interviewed by police from his bed in a cell. He admitted he had been on a shoplifting spree at Cardiff’s John Lewis in the past couple of weeks.

He had stolen £80 worth of Tommy Hilfiger shirts from the store on November 26, then a £90 Tommy Hilfiger hoodie the next day, a £280 Calvin Klein coat on December 3, and a £200 North Face coat on December 4.

Mulligan had been drinking alcohol from the restaurant (pictured) and the supervisor locked Mulligan inside and the 31-year-old was still passed out on the settee when police arrived

Mulligan had been drinking alcohol from the restaurant (pictured) and the supervisor locked Mulligan inside and the 31-year-old was still passed out on the settee when police arrived

Mulligan had been drinking alcohol from the restaurant (pictured) and the supervisor locked Mulligan inside and the 31-year-old was still passed out on the settee when police arrived

Mulligan had only just been released from an eight-week stint in prison for shoplifting. He has three recent prison sentences for shoplifting and in total has 60 offences on his record.

Mulligan, of Cardiff, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and three of theft at an earlier hearing.

Peter Wormald, mitigating, said: ‘John Lewis happened to be the nearest large store to where he was residing. There was very little sophistication involved in any of these offences.’

He described the ‘repetitive tale’ of Mulligan spending time in jail and being released homeless. Though Mulligan had been staying at the Huggard Centre at nights, he was ‘drifting around in the course of the day’ and taking drugs.

‘He accepts he moved the tills in Las Iguanas with the intention to smash them open but he didn’t do this and there was no damage,’ Mr Wormald told the court.

‘He is seeking to break the cycle and is now on a methadone programme. He had a road traffic collision in 2016 which caused a significant fracture to his jaw and permanent facial disfigurement. This makes him very anxious in company.’

Mulligan was jailed for 12 months at Newport Crown Court (pictured) and must pay £156

Mulligan was jailed for 12 months at Newport Crown Court (pictured) and must pay £156

Mulligan was jailed for 12 months at Newport Crown Court (pictured) and must pay £156

Handing down a 12-month jail term, Judge Richard Williams said Mulligan had been ‘equipped to burgle’ Las Iguanas, though he added:

‘I accept that in your stupor you did not offer any resistance either to staff or police.

‘You are a recidivist with a history of not complying with court orders. I consider the likelihood of reoffending high and prospects of rehabilitation low.’

Mulligan must pay a £156 victim services surcharge.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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