A JUDGE said it must have been a “frightening experience” when a woman heard dogs barking and then noticed a man was three-quarters through her kitchen window.
Ballymena Magistrates Court head that when the woman shouted Charles Andrew Law ran off during the incident at Dunclug Park in the town on July 31, 2018.
Law (29), with an address at James Street in Ayr, appeared at the court via video link from Barlinnie Prison in Scotland where he is a serving prisoner.
He pleaded guilty to charges of burglary with intent to steal and causing criminal damage to a window and frame.
A prosecutor said Law, who the woman knew, arrived at the property around 10am on the date in question and when he knocked on the door and asked for her husband she said she not interested in what he was “selling”.
The defendant appeared to be under the influence of a substance.
An hour later after hearing dogs barking she discovered Law climbing through her window.
He had three quarters of his body through the window but when the woman shouted at him he ran off but he had broken the hinges on the window.
Defence barrister Neil Moore said Law had a record and the background to his offending was his difficulties with various drugs over the years.
The court was told the defendant was in custody in Scotland since January this year when he was sentenced to two years and nine months and is due for release in May next year.
Deputy District Judge Trevor Browne said: “He knew there was somebody in the house. It must have been a very frightening experience for the injured party”.
The court heard that due to sentencing guidelines regarding Scottish prisoners the judge was limited in what he could do with the defendant and handed down an 18 months conditional discharge.