TWO terrified youngsters locked themselves in a bathroom as a burglar entered their home and helped himself to candies.
Darren Stabler, 47, was excessive on diazepam when he walked right into a Bishop Auckland home throughout the day, sat down in the lounge and started consuming a field of candies.
Two brothers, a 15-year-old and a seven-year-old, have been in the home at the time of the break-in and locked themselves in a bathroom and referred to as their dad, who then phoned the police.
When police arrived, an intoxicated Stabler was seen sitting on the ground and instructed officers in interview he had little recollection of what had occurred due to the “amount of medicine” he’d taken.
Stabler appeared at Durham Crown Courtroom on Thursday to be sentenced for housebreaking, and pleaded responsible to the single cost at the listening to.
The court docket heard he dedicated the offence at an handle in the Cockton Hill space of Bishop Auckland at round 3.20pm on December 1 this 12 months.
Ian West, prosecuting, stated: “The handle is the home of a person and his two sons who are 15 and 7 years previous.
“The defendant entered the home whereas the two boys have been upstairs, they heard an entry, have been frightened and locked themselves in the bathroom.
“They phoned their dad, who was at work, and he referred to as the police.”
The court docket heard that police quickly arrived and walked in by the unlocked entrance door, as Stabler had performed.
Mr West stated: “They discovered him sitting on the lounge ground consuming from a field of candies he’d discovered in the home.
He appeared to be intoxicated and was arrested and brought to the police station.
He stated he could not bear in mind something about the incident as a result of he had consumed such a amount of medicine.
“Stabler, who had 5 earlier housebreaking offences on his document, had additionally acquired a 40 month jail sentence in 2011 for the offence.
The court docket heard he had 38 earlier convictions for 84 offences.
Martin Scarborough, defending, stated Stabler had indicated an early responsible plea at the decrease magistrates’ court docket and stated there was no “vital diploma” of planning and was not focused.
He stated: “He had been in the space as a pal of his lives in the space and he had taken diazepam.
“He has little recollection of what occurred. He entered by an unlocked entrance door.”
Sentencing Stabler, Teesdale Stroll, Bishop Auckland, Recorder Edward Legard jailed him for 32 months.