Drunk says sorry

Anony­mous let­ter re­ceived by house­holder

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

A Cam­bus­lang woman was left stunned when a drunk left her a let­ter apol­o­gis­ing for try­ing to break into her house think­ing it was his own.

Anna Dil­lon re­ceived the grov­el­ling apol­ogy af­ter the in­ci­dent, which took place in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing.

Them an claimed he had“overindulged” leav­ing him “dis­ori­en­tated.” Anna said: “I don’t know what to think.”

A man has writ­ten a grov­el­ling apol­ogy to a Cam­bus­lang house­holder af­ter he was so drunk he at­tempted to en­ter her house - think­ing it was his own.

Anna Dil­lon re­ceived the let­ter from the anony­mous man af­ter she re­ported on Face­book page Drum­sagard Vil­lage that lo­cals should be vig­i­lant of bur­glars.

The lo­cal busi­ness­woman ex­plained her in-laws - who were look­ing af­ter her dogs and home while she and her hus­band were in Lon­don - were armed when a man had tried to open the front door at 7.15am on Sun­day morn­ing.

The man then tried to open a win­dow be­fore go­ing to the back of the house to try and get in.

Anna, who has CCTV in­stalled at her house on Elder Cres­cent, up­loaded an im­age of the man on so­cial me­dia, along with a de­scrip­tion, in a bid to iden­tify him and warn oth­ers.

But when she re­turned home from work on Mon­day af­ter­noon she found a let­ter from the man, who had ap­par­ently seen her ap­peal on so­cial me­dia.

The let­ter states: “Dear Mrs Dil­lon,

“I can­not be­gin to ex­press how sorry I am for my dis­tur­bance in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing. I had been out that night and overindulged and was com­pletely dis­ori­en­tated and un­aware of my sur­round­ings.

“I be­lieve I thought your house was my own. I un­der­stand there’s no ex­cuse for my ac­tions and I’m sorry for my dis­turb­ing you. I would never wish any­one to feel un­safe or in­tim­i­dated in their own home.

“Please ac­cept my deep­est apolo­gies, I can only hope you can find it in your heart to for­give me.”

Anna, who runs a snack van and sells cel­e­bra­tion cakes, said she was re­lieved to learn it was not a bur­glar, but said her in-laws were very shaken.

She said: “I don’t know what to think. I’m happy in one way, but it still makes you on feel on edge that some­one has tried to get into your house.

“What if he had got in and my fa­ther in law and mother in law saw him.

“I’m pleased for my mother in law, that she knows what hap­pened.

“She is in her 70s and my fa­ther in law in his 80s.

“If this per­son is gen­uinely a nice per­son then we do not want to dam­age his rep­u­ta­tion by his drunken blun­der. But he must hand him­self in to the po­lice as they are deal­ing with this.”

Anna has since heard from her neigh­bours that the man had ap­proached them to also ex­plain what had hap­pened, with them stat­ing he was a “very po­lite young man.”

Ruther­glen po­lice con­firmed they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

I un­der­stand there’s no ex­cuse for my ac­tions

Stunned Anna Dil­lon

Apol­ogy Anna Dil­lon with the grov­el­ling let­ter

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