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Barnsley Mum Gives Sympathy To Would-Be Burglar

Friday October 10 2014




A MUM gave a would-be burglar a cup of tea and sympathy after she found him the worse for wear outside her house.

The woman's 15-year-old daughter awoke her mother after hearing noises at 4.30am and seeing a man she thought was trying to break in, a court heard.

When Ailse Wigley went downstairs at her home on Dovecliffe Road, Wombwell, she found 27-year-old homeless man Glen Brown in a dishevelled state.

He had a graze on his head and was shouting at her door.

"He was clearly under the influence of something, shaking, his eyes were rolling back and he said he was seeing things," said Louise Gallagher, prosecuting.

The mum then sat him on a wall and talked to him before making him a cup of tea.

"He was given a blanket and a cup of tea by the lady," said Karen Tunnacliffe, defending.

While on bail he was found walking the streets of Barnsley at 4am with a pair of scissors. He told officers it was to harm himself or another member of the public.

Brown, of no fixed address, admitted criminal damage on July 3 and carrying an offensive weapon on August 3.

He has 31 previous convictions for 53 offences, including three convictions for possessing offensive weapons for which he has been jailed.

The judge Recorder Ray Singh told Brown the young girl must have been "extremely frightened" when she saw him in the middle of the night outside her house.

He had also served an 18-month jail term for possessing an offensive weapon.

Brown was jailed for a total of 17 months.