A BURGLAR who targeted family homes during the night while armed with a knife has been jailed.
Nissar Hussain was caught by a police dog which was released as he tried to flee from a house after he was caught red-handed.
Hussain, 33, was jailed for two years and eight months over the offences which took place in the Chapeltown area of Leeds.
Leeds Crown Court heard Hussain broke into a house on Hillcrest Avenue in March at 4.30am this year as the family were asleep upstairs. He stole a television, playstation, games and keys to the property. The television was later found smashed outside the house.
Hussain was caught when he broke into a house on Mexbrough Grove as a couple and their three children were asleep. He stole a handbag before going upstairs where he was seen outside a bedroom.
Police were contacted and a dog handler saw Hussain near the property. Hussain ran off down an alleyway when the officer tried to talk to him and the dog was released. He was found in possession of a knife.
John Bull, prosecuting, said Hussain was aggressive and offensive towards officers, making sexist remarks and referring to Al-Qaeda. Mr Bull said: “The officers said he was behaving like a rabid animal.”
Hussain, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to two offences of burglary and two of theft.
The court heard Hussain also broke into two cars before carrying out the burglaries, and that he has a long history of convictions for burglary.
Charlotte Worsley, mitigating, said Hussain’s offending was linked to his 20-year addiction to drugs. She said: This is a young man who had struggled over the years.” Miss Worsley said Hussain had pleaded guilty to offences at an early opportunity and had spent four months in prison on remand since his arrest.
Jailing Hussain, judge James Spencer, QC, said: “These offence were committed at night while the occupants were in and you were armed with a knife. There is no excuse for that.”