A former soldier has been jailed for two years and eight months for attempting to burgle Wayne Rooney’s mansion, while the footballers played in a club testimonial match.
Robert McNamara, 25, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, admitted to trying to give them as unauthorized to the Manchester United striker – families-house in Prestbury, Cheshire, with the purpose of stealing at 3.August.
In a victim-impact statement read at Chester crown court, the player’s wife Coleen said the incident had nights causing sleepless, and had their fears for the safety of her three children playing in the garden.
Jo Maxwell, the attorney, said McNamara, Scalby, had in the grounds of the family home about 8: 30 am and activated the perimeter alarm system. CCTV showed him walking about the grounds, his face was covered with a hood with a storm, and trying a door handle.
The court heard that the police search in the site later, they found a backpack containing items including cable ties, a front lamp and a storm hood, the McNamara’s DNA.
If the police had searched his house after arresting him six days later, they found a second backpack with a ski-mask with black tape over it, which the court belongs, it is binding as to the eye.
The police described sees a man acting suspiciously, when they arrived in the home, but said he got in his car and drove away, after he arrive to you. In a victim-impact statement, which was read to the court, Mrs Rooney said: “After it happened, it sleep causes lots of nights, worry, and watch surveillance cameras fear someone was there.
“I’m afraid for my kids to play outside in the garden and still do.” She said it caused anxiety, when her husband was gone and she no longer felt comfortable in the house, unless a friend or family member with you. She said that the couple had spent additional money in security since the incident.
Mrs Rooney said she and the family, including the couple’s sons Kai, Klay and Kit were on the tribute game at Old Trafford for what was meant to be a “night of celebration”, but they had returned home, the house full of police. She said: “I fell asleep, only happy the kids were, and I didn’t see what was going on.”
Taryn Jones Turner, defending, said McNamara had seven years served in the army and had not found “a life on Civvy Street as quickly as he expected”.
She said that since the incident he had been diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder and received medication and support from the British Legion.
Sentencing, judge Patrick Thompson said: “It is about what would have been their intention, they had gained entrance to the plot and come across someone else.”
He added: “I think it was no coincidence that this was the night of Wayne Rooney’s testimonial and she knew he would be away from home.”