A JUDGE said a woman spotting a burglar at her home as she made coffee at 6.30am would have been a “very frightening experience” as he jailed the culprit for five months.
Christopher James Dickson (31), with an address listed as Lanntara in Ballymena, then fled the scene at Drumtara on November 3 this year.
The woman had heard banging and then saw Dickson – who she knew – at an internal door.
He fled leaving behind a torch at a boiler.
It was discovered that the woman’s son’s bicycle had been moved in the garden.
Ballymena Magistrates Court, on Thursday, was also told that Dickson came to the attention of police at Ballee Way at 6.10am on July 14 this year when he was detected with Diazepam.
He gave a false name and when police found he had cannabis in August this year it was then established it had in fact been the defendant they had spoken to in July.
Dickson appeared before the court via video link from prison where he had been on remand after being unable to obtain a bail address.
A defence solicitor said one of the issues in finding an address was that as part of the bail conditions the defendant was banned from the Harryville and Ballee areas.
The defendant pleaded guilty to charges of burglary with intent to steal, possession of drugs and obstruction of a police officer.
The defence lawyer said the defendant “recalls nothing” of the events of the morning of November 3.
Jailing Dickson for five months along with a £100 fine, District Judge Nigel Broderick said: “Domestic burglaries are serious matters and irrespective of you knowing the occupant of the house this would no doubt have been a very frightening experience … at 6.30am to find somebody coming through her front door”.