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Bradford householder collared ‘night-time’ thief in his bedroom
A night-time housebreaker who was collared by a plucky householder after he crept into his bedroom has been jailed for two years.
Raja Hamid seized Shane Hemingbrough by the scruff of his neck and then held on to his wrist until the police arrived, Bradford Crown Court heard.
Hemingbrough, 28, of Rowlestone Rise, Ravenscliffe, Bradford, was convicted by a jury of burglary and sentenced yesterday.
Prosecutor Simon Haring told the court that Mr Hamid, of Airedale Crescent, Undercliffe, Bradford, was asleep with his children, aged three and six, when he was woken at 4am on June 16 by footsteps. He saw Hemingbrough standing at the foot of the bed and asked: “Who are you?”
Hemingbrough, who tried to escape through the house window, told the police he used to live there and wandered in drunkenly by mistake because the back door was open.
The court heard that Mr Hamid’s wife was poorly in hospital at the time.
When Hemingbrough’s shoe matched a footprint on the kitchen window sill he changed his story, telling officers and the jury that a friend from ten years ago lived at the house and he went in to borrow a taxi fare.
Hemingbrough had previous convictions for burglary and attempted burglary, the court was told. He had also served four years for arson.
His barrister, Ken Green, said it was a ‘spur of the moment’ offence and Hemingbrough was not equipped for housebreaking.
He did not take anything in the burglary and he was not violent towards Mr Hamid.
He had been the carer for his father who had died recently.
Judge Colin Burn told Hemingbrough: “You went into that room and caused great fright, including terrifying two young children.
“You tried to talk your way out of trouble but that did not persuade the police and it did not persuade the jury.”