Burglar broke in after ‘a skinful’

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court

A MAN burgled the address of his former partner after having a “skinful” to drink, a court has heard.

Harrison Chamberlain ran from the home carrying various items in his arms, including DVDs and a handbag.

A bottle of wine was smashed as he left the scene in Beechwood Grove, Bispham.

He was given a suspended jail term by a judge who told him: “You have come pretty close to an immediate custodial sentence. Make sure you take this chance.”

Chamberlain, 23, of Briarwood Drive, Bispham had earlier pleaded guilty to burglary in relation to the offence, which dated back to June.

Robert Smith, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said a woman lived at the address with her daughter. The daughter was the ex partner of the defendant but was out of the country at the time of the incident. One evening a neighbour saw two men walking down the path to the front door and went on to speak to one of them.

The defendant suddenly ran out the front door, carrying various items in his arms. A bottle of wine smashed in the process.

A number of DVDs had also been taken, as well as a handbag containing a passport and a pair of glasses.

Chamberlain was found nearby and arrested.

It was noted that he was drunk at the time.

The defendant later told police he had been drinking all day.

He said he only had a very vague recollection of going into the house.

He remembered being downstairs and having a bag in his possession.

He expressed remorse for his actions.

Julie Taylor, defending, told the court: “When sober, the defendant is a hard working, industrious and level headed young man.

“But when in drink, he turns into something else.

“He is highly thought of by others.”

During a sentencing hearing, the judge Mr Justice Royce told him: “You had had a skinful.

“It wasn’t a very sophisticated offence, but any dwelling house burglary is very serious because it causes immense upset to the householder and this was someone you knew.”

He told Chamberlain it was important for him to get to grips with his alcohol problem.

The defendant was handed six months prison, suspended for a year, with a supervision order put in place.