Gainsborough: Bungling burglar’s spree was interrupted as homeowners returned

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A burglar fled from a house after he was disturbed when the occupier returned home, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Simon Denman fled with a wallet containing bank cards and a drive licence after he was interrupted inside the property in Burton Street, Gainsborough.

Stephen Kemp, prosecuting, said that Denman escaped out of a window but was later arrested after visiting his mother’s home nearby.

Denman committed the offence just an hour after he broke into a café in Market Street, Gainsborough.

Mr Kemp said Denman climbed onto the roof at the rear of the premises and forced his way in.

He made off with nine bottles of coffee syrup but was chased by a pizza delivery driver who saw what had happened. The witness eventually lost sight of Denman and police called out to the scene also gave chase but Denman got away.

When Denman was later interviewed by police he told officers he had taken tablets he was given by a man he met in the White Horse pub. He claimed he climbed up a drainpipe to get into the Burton Street property in the mistaken belief it was his mother’s house.

Denman ,23, formerly of Gainsborough, but now living in Station Road, Kirton Lindsey, admitted two charges of burglary committed on 22 April this year. He was jailed for eight months.

Judge Michael Heath told him “If you commit a dwelling house burglary at night when the occupier is disturbed then invariably you go to custody. I see no reason why I should depart from that position in this case.”

Stephen Lowne, defending, said that Denman had an argument with his partner on the day, went drinking and took the tablets.

He said that Denman has moved from Gainsborough since he committed the offences and is now working.

“He is very sorry and deeply ashamed.”