Widow fought off bur­glar

COURT: Knife wield­ing at­tacker is jailed for eight years

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A brave widow fought back against a knife wield­ing bur­glar - and the pen­sioner’s bro­ken fin­ger­nails helped bring the dan­ger­ous raider to jus­tice.

Alexan­der Keltie forced his way into the widow’s home in Lin­coln Road just af­ter mid­night on May 2. He forced the 67-year-old against the wall, hold­ing a large carv­ing knife to her throat.

But the pen­sioner fought back, push­ing him away and scratch­ing him in the face, be­fore flee­ing to her neigh­bours.

Po­lice were called, who found the vic­tim’s bro­ken fin­ger­nails on the floor - with Keltie’s DNA on them.

On Friday Keltie (29) of Walton Park, Peter­bor­ough who has a string of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions dat­ing back a dec- ade - was jailed for eight years at a hearing at Peter­bor­ough Crown Court.

He had pleaded guilty to ag­gra­vated bur­glary at a pre­vi­ous hearing

Tim Brown, Pros­e­cut­ing said; “The lady lives alone, and was sit­ting in her liv­ing room watch­ing TV at 12.30am.

“She heard a knock on the door, and looked out the win­dow, but could not see any­one.

“She went and opened the door, and the de­fen­dant forced his way into the house.

“He pushed her against the wall, hold­ing her by the neck of her cloth­ing. He had a brown han­dled carv­ing knife that he held to her throat - although the blade was not touch­ing her skin.

“He said ‘I will cut you, I will cut you.’”

Mr Brown said the ‘feisty’ vic­tim replied by say­ing ‘what do you mean you will cut me?’

He said: “She demon­strated a great deal of brav­ery and spirit. She pushed him, caus- ing him to stum­ble back­wards and knock or­na­ments to the floor.

“She then scratched his face us­ing her fin­ger­nails. She broke two fin­ger­nails.”

Charles Falk, de­fend­ing, said Keltie had a long stand­ing heroin ad­dic­tion, but was work­ing hard to bat­tle his prob­lem.

Mr Falk said: “This is a hor­rific of­fence. The de­fen­dant has writ­ten a ma­ture, heart­felt and re­flec­tive let­ter to your­self about this.

“He is racked with guilt and re­morse.

“There is a full and frank apol­ogy in the pre-sen­tence re­port.”

Judge Bridge, sen­tenc­ing, said the knife was a ‘ter­ri­fy­ing weapon.’

While he said Kelty de­served the max­i­mum credit avail­able for an early guilty plea, he said it was an ‘ex­tremely se­ri­ous’ case, that would have a long last­ing im­pact on the vic­tim.

Jailed: Alexan­der Kieltie

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