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Jail for drunk Stourbridge burglar
3:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
A DRUNK Stourbridge burglar found hiding under a bed in a pensioner’s home he raided has been jailed for 26 weeks.
Matthew Harding maintained to police after his arrest that he thought the property in Enville Street was derelict and he got in to hide from a gang after being involved in a fight.
The 25-year-old, of no fixed address, had denied burglary but was found guilty after a trial.
Judge Michael Challinor at Wolverhampton Crown Court told him immediate custody was the only appropriate sentence.
Alka Brigue, prosecuting, said the 66-year-old owner of the terraced property was away on holiday and when his alarm was activated police rushed to the property.
They found the back door damaged and when they went inside they heard a noise, Miss Brigue told the court.
She said officers went upstairs and found Harding, who was clearly intoxicated, hiding underneath one of the beds with cigarettes, mobile telephones and torches.
Kate Thomas, defending, said Harding, a qualified gas fitter, had a drug problem and was currently out of work.
She said he was adamant he now wanted to put his life back onto the rails and added: "On the night in question he had a lot to drink and he believed it was a derelict house. He broke in to hide from these lads."