A profession burglar kicked a pensioner in the groin and left a partially-sighted mom and her son terrified in a spate of break-ins simply 24 hours after getting out of prison.
Robert Nicholson had simply served a 4 12 months sentence for housebreaking – the 18th time he had damaged into somebody’s home – and celebrated his freedom by doing it but once more.
With an “unhinged look in his eyes”, the 39-year-old, who has 144 earlier convictions, focused 4 homes in Wallsend one evening in November.
One of his victims was a 73-year-old man who has well being issues and had solely been launched from hospital just a few days when he caught Nicholson in his dwelling.
The courageous pensioner grappled with the intruder, who kicked him between the legs and fled.
The sufferer stated in an announcement learn to Newcastle Crown Court: “At the time I had simply been launched from hospital.
“I’m diabetic, have coronary heart and blood stress points and I’m ready for spinal surgical procedure.
“I’m 73 and I shouldn’t be preventing with intruders.
“I’m now different properties outdoors this space with a view to leaving as quickly as doable.”
Five minutes later, Nicholson tried the patio door deal with of a household dwelling close by in an tried housebreaking which left kids frightened.
He then went to the dwelling of a partially-sighted girl and her 10-year-old son, who had been sleeping.
She was disturbed by noises from her lounge and seen her entrance door was open, with coats strewn on the ground.
The court docket heard she was shocked to seek out him upstairs., the place her son was. She shouted at him then ran out of her home calling for assist.
She stated in a sufferer affect assertion that she felt “terror and panic” and concern for her baby because of the “stranger invading my dwelling”.
The girl added: “Nothing can describe the feeling of seeing a stranger lurking behind your wardrobe door.
“I am unable to bear to be in the bed room now because it feels soiled and tainted.
“Every time I shut my eyes I see him hiding there with an unhinged look in his eyes.
“Although he did not take something I really feel he has taken one thing a lot worse, my piece of thoughts and sense of feeling protected and safe in my own residence.”
The court docket heard the teen was “terrified” and ran downstairs to arm himself with a knife throughout the incident, such was his concern.
His mum added: “No baby ought to must get up to the feeling they don’t seem to be even protected in their mattress.
“He is now having counselling at college and he’s now not a carefree 10-year-old.
“It’s a burden no baby ought to must bear.
“He has turned my comfortable life the wrong way up, ruined my son’s sense of safety and adjusted my notion of the world. I really feel I’ll by no means get that again.”
In a fourth offence, Nicholson, reached his arms by way of an outhouse window however ran off when the householder shouted at him.
Nicholson, of Dunholme Road, Elswick, Newcastle, pleaded responsible to a few burglaries and one tried housebreaking and was jailed for six years.
The court docket heard he’s a “prolific offender” and was final jailed for housebreaking for 4 years in July 2018.
Recorder Jonathan Sandiford QC informed him: “You have a formidable document for burglaries – 18 home burglaries between 1993 and 2018 in addition to two robberies.
“You have obtained a variety of substantial sentences of imprisonment.
“You are a profession burglar.
“You had been launched on licence 24 hours earlier than you dedicated the three burglaries and one tried housebreaking for which I’ve to condemn you at the moment.
Mark Harrison, defending, stated: “The finest mitigation and solely mitigation he can advance with any drive is his plea of responsible.
“The offences occurred beneath the fog of medicine. He had taken diazepam and alcohol. He has no reminiscence of it.
“Nothing was taken in any of the offences and when disturbed, he rapidly left.
“The assault on the gentleman was a reckless response to the complainant taking maintain of him. It was not the defendant on the offensive, he was attempting to get away and out of the lodging.”