A hungry burglar who stole food and valuables from a family home was left badly burnt and in hospital after sparking a fire while cooking chips.
Tracey Corkin and George Jones stole a £750 TV, bikes and other belongings - but couldn't resist an open jar of Nutella or tasty snacks in the fridge.
After wheeling their £2,000 haul away in a shopping trolley and abandoning the television, Corkin was hungry when they got home so set about cooking chips.
However, in her drugged state, she dozed off while the chip pan was on and woke to find herself injured and the emergency services in her home.
Newcastle Crown Court heard when the burglary victim arrived back and realised his home had been raided, he checked neighbourhood CCTV.
Mr Schofield said the homeowner found his £750 TV set dumped and damaged after the break-in last October.
The court heard Jones and Corkin lived at Darcy Court, Sunderland which is just a few hundred meters away from the raided house at Egerton Street in the city.
Jones, 38, who has a dozen previous convictions for house raids, admitted burglary and an unrelated offence of having a bladed article after he was caught carrying knife a the train station in rush hour last July. He was jailed for three years and seven months.
Corkin, 45, who is not heavily convicted, admitted burglary and was sentenced to 18 months suspended for two years with a six month curfew.
Jennifer Coxon, defending Corkin, who has no previous convictions for burglary and has a troubled background, said the then couple's relationship lasted just three months.
Miss Coxon said food was taken from the fridge and some Nutella was eaten but the majority of the items stolen from the house were recovered.
Miss Slaughter said Jones had become a mentor in custody, has sought help with his mental health problems and produced negative drug tests.