Boozed-up bur­glar ‘shouted out name’

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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.

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