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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Young mum confronted burglar in her home, Carlisle court told

A burglar who fled from a young mother who confronted him after he woke her up while ransacking her house has been sent to prison for more than three years.

Carlo Bone, 28, was so off his head on cider and crack cocaine he could remember nothing of breaking into the woman’s home in Ramsey Drive, Parton, Whitehaven, on March 14.

But at Carlisle Crown Court, Bone, of South View Road, Whitehaven, pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary and was sent to prison for three years and four months.

Prosecuting counsel Brendan Burke told the court Kelly Kendall and her three children were asleep upstairs when Bone entered her house just after 4am.

Ms Kendall was awoken by the sound of him opening and closing drawers in her kitchen.

So, being “clearly a lady of some resolve”, she went downstairs to tackle him, Mr Burke said.

Ms Kendall found Bone rifling under the cushions on her sofa so she called the police. Then, the court heard, she swore at him, and he fled from the house with a tub of vapour rub.

He was arrested later that day when a police officer, called to tackle a drunk outside the gates of the local school, recognised him from the description Ms Kendall had given.

Defence barrister Alison Whalley said Bone now “felt terrible” about the effect he had had on the family.

A heroin addict, on drugs since he was 15 years old, Bone had no memory of what he had done.

The court heard Bone had five previous convictions for burglary, all of which had resulted in custodial sentences. Judge Paul Batty QC said it was a “thoroughly depressing and, more importantly, a serious” criminal record.

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