A PREGNANT mum was horrified when a drunken stranger walked into her Wigan home, grabbed her and stole her mobile telephone, a court has heard.
The 19-year-old intruder, Keiron Bootle, had walked in through the front door left open by her husband when he nipped out, said Peter Barr, prosecuting at Liverpool Crown Court. The teenager refused to leave and asked her for a cigarette.
Mr Barr said: “He was plainly drunk and she repeatedly asked him to leave. He was there about 10 minutes.”
Bootle then got up and walked over to the woman, Carrieanne Payne, who was worried about her two children sleeping upstairs, grabbed hold of her wrist and took her £200 BlackBerry phone from the couch beside her.
Mr Barr said: “She was shocked and distressed, and worried about the health of her unborn child.”
He left with the phone and a friend who was standing outside the house in Hampton Place, Marsh Green, came in and volunteered to follow him, and get it back.
He followed him to wasteland but did not get the device.
It was, however, later recovered from Bootle’s jacket pocket.
Bootle, who was on licence at the time following an 11-month sentence, was arrested and interviewed later that day.
He said he had been drunk and had little recollection of the incident.
Bootle, of Gidlow Lane, Wigan, pleaded guilty to robbery on July 13 this year.
Jailing him for three years, Judge David Aubrey, QC, said that it was a summer’s evening and the victim thought she and her children would be safe.
He said: “They were not because you entered their home. You invaded their privacy.
“You, no doubt, befuddled by drink, chose to go over the threshold.
“Because of her apprehension, anxiety and terror, she would have been afraid for her children upstairs and afraid and anxious for her unborn child, because she did not know what was going to happen next and what you might do.”
Steven Swift, defending, said that it had been “a spur of the moment offence.”
His client’s offending had been escalating, but he is now looking to the future, and wants to return to education.