A hopeless crook who burgled Ma Egerton's Stage Door left his blood smeared around the famous pub.

Stephen McCouid, 38, has 51 previous convictions for a staggering 104 offences, including robbery, burglary and thefts.

He was once jailed for 10 years after bungled raids when he pretended a vacuum cleaner attachment was a shotgun.

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Liverpool Crown Court today heard McCouid struck at the historic venue in Pudsey Street on October 8 last year.

Christopher Hopkins, prosecuting, said Nicholas Ho, who works at the Victorian pub, was sleeping in a third floor bedroom.

He was woken by a "loud bang" in the early hours of the morning and saw one of two intruders, who he told to get out.

The men ran downstairs and he could hear rummaging and the sound of glass breaking before the burglars fled and police arrived.

Mr Hopkins said a bathroom window had been smashed to gain entry, where McCouid's blood was left on the windowsill.

Blood was also left on a combination lock to an office, various items had been moved around in the bar and a bin bag was abandoned on the landing contained bottles of spirits.

Mr Hopkins said the raid caused Mr Ho "significant distress" and in a victim statement he outlined how he had trouble sleeping afterwards.

Ma Egertons pub.
Ma Egertons pub

He said the owner of the pub spent several thousand pounds increasing security measures and £400 of items from fridges had to be disposed of because they were "contaminated".

McCouid, of Blackburne Place in the Georgian Quarter, admitted burglary of a commercial premises.

He was jailed for 10 years in 2011 for offences including robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

That was after he raided three bookies across Liverpool with a vacuum cleaner attachment that he pretended was a shotgun.

McCouid, who kept the 'weapon' in a plastic bag, had also tried to rob a Londis supermarket with a four foot Samurai sword.

But he failed to get any money and during his last bungled attempt, a gambler overpowered him and waited for police to arrive.

Matthew O'Neill, defending, said nothing was in fact stolen in the burglary at Ma Egertons but accepted the pub had to dispose of some items due to them being contaminated by his client and the other man.

He said the burglary was the first crime McCouid had committed since December 2010, but conceded for a number of those years since he was in prison.

Mr O'Neill said McCouid was initially released on licence in 2016, before he was recalled to prison in 2017, then re-released in 2018.

The lawyer said McCouid had then stayed out of trouble until this raid last October, when he was recalled on licence again, which expired in January.

He said: "He has shown in those times an ability to stay away from committing offences. He has had a number of underlying issues in his life since he was a young man, that being the misuse of Class A drugs and alcohol."

Mr O'Neill said McCouid had addressed his drug problem, which began after he went into care as a young child and had a "troubled upbringing".

Steven McCouid when he was jailed for 10 years for robberies.
Steven McCouid when he was jailed for 10 years for robberies.

However, he said his client was still drinking, which McCouid believed was "the sole reason" for the burglary.

He said: "He had been out earlier in the day, he had been consuming alcohol, he bumped into another male and the decision was subsequently taken to burgle these premises."

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Mr O'Neil urged the judge to spare him jail so he could undertake an alcohol treatment programme.

Judge Garrett Byrne said: "Unfortunately in this case I don't see much prospect of rehabilitation Mr McCouid. You have been assessed as a high risk of committing further offences in the next two years.

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"On October 8 last year you burgled a public house together with an accomplice. One of you, I sentence on the basis it was the accomplice, entered a living area.

"It seems to me you're very lucky not to have been charged with a domestic burglary."

The judge said the burglary had a "real lasting psychological impact" on the victim and it was aggravated by McCouid's "bad record" as he jailed him for 16 months.

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