North East UK news 'Predatory' barefoot burglar punched by man who ended up hurt defending his home MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Alexander Murphy, of Blakelaw, committed a spate of offences in Benwell and has now been jailed
Breaking News ! A predatory barefoot burglar got his comeuppance when one of his victims attacked him - although the brave householder suffered broken bones in trying to fend off the career criminal. Alexander Murphy already had 15 convictions for burglary when he targeted homes in Benwell, Newcastle, during a spate of offences. When he targeted one family home early in the morning, he was confronted and punched by the man of the house, who scuffled with the thief. Although Murphy was left with a bloodied nose, the victim came off worse, suffering fractures to his hand and toe and deep cuts to his elbow and knee as he defended his home. Now 47-year-old Murphy, who has amassed 106 previous convictions since 1992, has been jailed for five years and four months at Newcastle Crown Court. Recorder Jonathan Sandiford QC told him: "You are a predatory, persistent career burglar and will only be deterred from committing further offences by a custodial sentence. "The sentence is to punish you and to protect members of the public. "There was a violent confrontation with significant injuries to the householder." The court heard Murphy carried out a series of offences on May 1 this year in Benwell. He burgled a house on Sunniside Gardens while a couple were asleep, stealing an ipad, watches and an ornament. Murphy also attempted to burgle homes two homes on Ferguson lane. It was when he tried to break into a property on nearby Bramble Dykes that he had the confrontation with the householder, who lives there with his partner and 12-year-old child. The man heard a noise downstairs around 6.30am as Murphy tried to get in through the front door. Joe Culley, prosecuting, said: "He went to the front door and began fighting with the defendant, who was trying to get in to his house. "The scuffle went onto the driveway and the complainant chased him away. "The complainant punched him in the face, causing his nose to bleed.
." Murphy was originally accused of assault but prosecutors dropped that charge as the injuries were sustained as he chased the burglar rather than by an attack. The man who was hurt said in a victim impact statement: "I'm scared. My family were in danger and it's an awful feeling. "My son is in a wheelchair and due to my injuries I can't help with lifting him into the car etc." His partner added: "I'm scared and nervous in my own home. "What if he had a knife?" He was also spotted interfering with a Peugoet car and Mercedies van at 5.48am on Bexley Avenue but failed to get into the vehicles although he got inside a Ford car on Tanfield Road. Murphy, of Lilac Crescent, Blakelaw, admitted burglary, three attempted burglaries and interfering with motor vehicles.
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Andrew Walker, defending, said: "He seemingly disturbed the entire street so there are witnesses, frankly, left right and centre. "He didn't have his shoes on, it happened in broad daylight, it was hopelessly executed and there was little or no professionalism shown. "He has a limited recollection, which may have been down to the fact he had a concoction of sleeping tablets and alcohol. "It's come to his attention the people he was with may have given him more than he thought and to that extent he was spiked." Mr Walker said Murphy claims he suffered "rough justice" and was "substantially injured". But he added: "People are entitled to respond with force in a situation like this." Mr Walker said Murphy had been the carer for his wife, who has COPD and requires oxygen.
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