Leeds burglar impaled on broken window

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A BURGLAR spent half an hour impaled on the glass of a window he had smashed in order to break into a student home.

William Bedford, 42, was caught red-handed after smashing window of the student house in Woodhouse, Leeds, as six Chinese students were asleep in bed.

Leeds Crown Court heard Bedford tried to use a screwdriver to force the window after he noticed it had been left ajar as he walked passed at 5am on December 6 this year.

Bedford, who was high on Temazepam at the time of the offence, was unable to open it and instead threw a brick through the window.

The students were woken by the noise and caught Bedford as he was climbing into the property.

They they detained him for 30 minutes until police officers arrived.

The court heard Bedford was impaled on the glass during that time and needed treatment for cuts and lacerations to his body.

Bedford, of Oatland Towers, Little London, pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to steal.

The court heard he has 10 previous convictions for 32 offences.

Kenton Sergeant, mitigating, said Bedford had long-standing drug problems and was currently addicted to Tamazepam.

He said Bedford had pleaded guilty at an early stage and had no complaints over the injuries he suffered during the incident. Bedford was given a nine month prison, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to take part in a 30-day drug rehabilitation requirement.