Drug addict attacked woman who caught him stealing
BRANSHOLME: A drug addict attacked a woman who caught him ransacking her sister's home.
Joshua Green, 21, had been living with his grandparents in Sedgebrook Grove, but was asked to move out.
He returned to collect some shoes, but had seized an opportunity to steal, Hull Crown Court heard yesterday.
James Byatt, prosecuting, said the sister of Green's grandmother had called round to take her dog for a walk.
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He said: "She found the defendant in her sister's bedroom, hiding under the bed."
Mr Byatt said Green pushed the woman to one side and fled the house carrying a mobile phone, which was later found outside the property.
Mr Byatt said: "He manhandled her but the Crown accepts there was minimal force used. There was no injury inflicted."
Green was arrested the next day.
"He said he was stupid and was looking for items to steal in order to fund his drug habit," said Mr Byatt.
Green, who gave no address to the court, admitted a charge of burglary.
Steven Garth, mitigating, said: "Mr Green has had a wretched childhood and a miserable youth. He has moved from one hostel to another."
Jailing Green for nine months, Judge Michael Mettyear told him: "You steal from those closest to you. You are in a sorry way."