Leeds burglar targeted disabled victim’s home

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A CAREER burglar who was caught trying to force his way into the home of a disabled woman has been jailed.

Daniel Scott, 31, was given a two-year sentence over the attempted raid at the victim’s home on Gamble Hill Drive, Bramley, on August 9 this year.

Scott and another man, Gavin Gill, woke the woman as they tried to force open the door of the property at 6.40am.

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Louise Pryke, prosecuting, said the victim could see the men looking through the letter box as they tried to break-in.

She said: “She was very scared and unable to defend herself or her property. She called out and said ‘If you try to break in I will call the police’”.

The two men ran off but officers found them hiding in the garden of a house nearby. A lock-knife was found close to where Scott was hiding in some bushes.

Scott, of Whincover Gardens, pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and possession of a bladed article. Scott has 14 previous convictions, including burglary offences.

Gill, of Moorside Avenue, Dewsbury Moor, pleaded guilty to burglary. He has no previous convictions. Ian Cook, for Scott, said his client was disappointed with himself as his partner had seven children and he was trying to support his family.

Mr Cook said Scott was not considered dangerous despite his conviction for having a knife. The lawyer told the court Scott held the position of ‘prison barber’ within Armley jail. Mr Cook said Scott accepted that a prison sentence was inevitable.

Jailing Scott, Recorder Tony Hawk said: “You were outside her home pulling and banging on the front door and looking through the letter box. She must have been terrified.”

Gill was made the subject of a 12-month community order and told he must do 100 hours unpaid work.