Boozed-up burglar ‘shouted out name’
A DRUNKEN burglar who “blundered” into a family home after downing a bottle of tequila and shouted out his own name has been jailed for 12 months.
Kier Ruffell stole a Samsung mobile phone worth £100 from the home in South Shields.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how the 21-year-old wandered into the sitting room of the house at 10.50pm on Saturday 23 June.
The female occupant was upstairs with her husband and 11-year-old son at the time.
Prosecuting, Paul Rowland said: “She went downstairs to let the family puppy into the back garden.
“In so doing the patio door was left insecure.
“On re-entering the living room she saw the defendant. She asked him who he was and he replied ‘Kier’.”
Ruffell was arrested on June 25. He originally refused to comment but later accepted that he had been on the premises.
Ruffell told police that he had consumed a bottle of tequila and could not recall taking the phone.
But he pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary.
The court heard Ruffell, of South Shields, has 31 previous convictions dating back to 2004.