A drug-fuelled thief armed himself with a shard of glass when police caught him burgling a good friend’s home.
Daryl Santos had been socialising with the sufferer earlier within the night however had sneaked off with a view to break into his flat.
A court docket heard that the 38-year-old smashed a window to achieve entry to the property on Sibthorpe Street, in North Shields, earlier than he began eradicating the TV and luggage of garments.
But police caught the bungling criminal within the act and confronted him whereas he was nonetheless contained in the home.
However, slightly than maintain his palms up, Santos grabbed a shard of glass, prompting an officer to threaten him with a taser.
Magistrates in North Tyneside have been advised that Santos then dropped the weapon earlier than being arrested and later charged with housebreaking.
Now, the thief, of Dalmatia Terrace, Blyth, is going through a potential stint behind bars after he pleaded responsible to the offence.
Prosecutor, Robert Lawson, stated Santos and the sufferer had been socialising on the latter’s flat on the night of April 4 this 12 months earlier than they left to attend one other good friend’s home.
However, after simply half-hour, Santos disappeared.
Mr Lawson continued: “At 8.13pm, the complainant obtained a cellphone name from the police to say they have been at his tackle following a suspected housebreaking.
“He shortly made his method home and spoke to the officers. He discovered that the entrance front room window had been smashed.
“The TV and a bag of garments have been exterior on the pavement.”
The court docket heard that police have been alerted to the housebreaking on the sufferer’s home at round 8pm.
Officers attended and noticed the damaged window, the gadgets on the pavement and a hooded determine contained in the tackle.
Mr Lawson added: “An officer advised him to stay nonetheless. He picked up a fraction of glass. The officer thought he would use it in opposition to himself or the officers.
“The officer drew his taser and instructed the defendant to drop the glass, which he instantly did so.”
Magistrates have been advised that Santos then climbed out the window and was handcuffed and arrested.
Mark Harrison, defending, stated Santos might bear in mind little of the night.
He added: “While his does have a lot of dishonesty offences on his document, housebreaking is out of character.
“Mr Santos had stopped taking his prescription – he has missed a pick-up. He had been given some road valium. He took that and had an antagonistic response to it.
“The remainder of the night is a fog.”
Deeming that their powers of sentence have been inadequate, magistrates dedicated Santos to Newcastle Crown Court to study his destiny.
Chair of the bench, Dr Vivien Hollyoaks stated: “You pleaded responsible to a home housebreaking.
“Looking at our sentencing pointers, we agree that is class 2. The start line is one 12 months in custody, which is past our sentencing capacity.”
Santos was launched on conditional bail to subsequent seem at Newcastle Crown Court on June 1.