Bungling burglar is behind bars

CAUGHT OUT ... Paul Williams was jailed after breaching a suspended sentence.
CAUGHT OUT ... Paul Williams was jailed after breaching a suspended sentence.

A BUNGLING burglar has been put behind bars after a householder spotted him trying to sneak into a garage.

Paul Williams admitted the offence – which breached a suspended sentence he was given three months ago when he was caught trying the door handles of parked cars.

Williams, 32, of Eglesfield Road, South Shields, pleaded guilty to attempted burglary at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday and was jailed for 10 weeks.

Frances Ralph, prosecuting, said Williams and his brother, Martin, tried to get into the garage of a house in King George Road, South Shields, just before midnight on Monday, March 10.

But, she said, a man in the house saw the pair from a window, and contacted police when one of them tried to open the side door of the garage.

The brothers were arrested near the scene, after trying to flee when police arrived.

“The defendant is heavily convicted and is subject to a suspended sentence order,” said Ms Ralph.

“He is in breach of that suspended sentence order.”

Officers arrived soon after and arrested the brothers after a short chase when they tried to escape from the area.

Both men were then picked out by the witness after an identity parade.

Martin Williams also pleaded guilty to attempted burglary at a previous hearing and is due to be sentenced at the court on Friday.

John Williams, defending, said: “A guilty plea has been entered at the first opportunity.

“It is an attempted burglary at a dwelling.

“Thankfully, no damage was caused and nothing was taken.”

He said Williams did not offer the magistrates any option but to activate the suspended sentence.

Williams was given a six-week custodial sentence – suspended for 12 months – after pleading guilty to eight counts of vehicle interference last December.

On that occasion, he was caught red-handed when a motorist saw him attempting to open car doors.

The motorist called police and he and a co-defendant, Craig Nicholson, were arrested.

At the time, chairman of the bench Steven Bradley gave Williams a suspended sentence and warned him: “You are going to have this hanging over you. As we used to say in the old days, you are on good behaviour.”

But Williams’s latest offence led him back to court, where Mr Bradley was again in the magistrates’ chair to hand out a prison sentence.

Mr Bradley said: “We find that you are a prolific offender with previous convictions for similar matters and are also subject to a suspended sentence.”

Williams was jailed for four weeks for the attempted burglary, while the full six-week term of his suspended sentence was activated.

The sentences will run consecutively, meaning a total prison period of 10 weeks.