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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Carlisle burglar discovered in victim's bed

A burglar was found in a drunken stupor in his victim’s bed after breaking into a house in Carlisle, a court heard.

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Estranged: Thomas Young has been jailed

Thomas Young, 38, was discovered after Lynsey Crilley – his estranged partner – heard his mobile phone ringing upstairs when she got home from a late night office Christmas party.

He had smashed a window to get in and then, before staggering upstairs to bed, had crashed Ms Crilley’s car into a neighbour’s after driving it 10ft down the road.

Prosecutor Gerard Rogerson told the city’s crown court that Ms Crilley – the mother of Young’s three children – was celebrating Christmas with workmates at the Shepherd’s Inn, Rosehill, when he got into her house in Shadygrove Road and used her keys to try to drive away her Vauxhall Vectra.

She was called home when neighbours heard the crash of her car being moved.

It had rammed the back of another car and suffered damage estimated at £1,000, Mr Rogerson said.

When Ms Crilley went into her house she noticed a window had been smashed and heard the sound of a mobile phone ringing upstairs.

She called the police, who found Young lying in her bed under a duvet, wearing only his underpants, Mr Rogerson said

After his arrest Young told police he had been drinking since 9am and had “no clear recollection” of what he had done, the court heard. Young, of Orton Road, Carlisle, pleaded guilty at the city’s crown court yesterday to burgling Ms Crilley’s house, and to taking her car without her consent, driving it while disqualified and with no insurance and failing to take a breath test.

It was his 16th conviction for driving while disqualified.

In mitigation, defence advocate Anthony Wilson said Young had gone into the house “on a whim”.

He said Young had been suffering from post traumatic stress disorder since being badly beaten up 14 years ago and had committed most of his 87 previous offences as a result.

“He would be the first to admit he has a poor record,” he said.

Young was jailed for 32 months and banned from driving for three years.

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