Woman, 70, scares burglar with over 100 convictions out of her home
A burglar fled from the home of a pensioner after the 70 year old confronted him inside her house, Lincoln Crown Court heard.
Stephen Buckley entered the woman's home in Prospect Terrace, Gainsborough, on July 31 while she was asleep in a lounge armchair.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said: "All of a sudden she woke to see a man standing in front of her. It was the defendant.
"She asked the defendant what he wanted and he said sorry."
Buckley then left and the victim locked her door and contacted police.
Mr Scott said: "Police found the defendant 20m from the property. It was quite apparent he was the worse for drink."
The court was told that the pensioner has been left traumatised by the incident.
Buckley was bailed following his arrest but a month later was detained after a further burglary at Lords pub in Gainsborough.
Mr Scott said: "He was caught on the town centre CCTV system acting suspiciously at the rear of the premises. He was observed reaching in with his arm into the building and pulling out a TV monitor and control.
"Two officers were deployed to the scene and he was arrested."
Buckley, 42, of Waterworks Street, Gainsborough, admitted burglary at Prospect Terrace and burglary at Lords on August 28. He was jailed for three years.
The court heard he has convictions for 115 previous offences.
Judge Sean Morris told Buckley that the 70 year old victim has been severely affected by the burglary.
"It was a wicked offence. Had you given that woman a heart attack you would have been here for manslaughter. You have spent a life committing crime. You have been given chances time and again."
Joanna Staples, defending, said: "He has issues quite clearly with entrenched alcohol and drug problems. It has been like that for decades."
She said Buckley was heavily intoxicated when he entered the Prospect Terrace property and his first reaction when confronted was to say over and over again that he was sorry.