Burglar hit with bottle

Sam Richardson.
Sam Richardson.
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A BRAVE householder foiled a knife-wielding burglar he found hiding in a cupboard in his home – and hit him over the head with a wine bottle.

The man and his wife had been disturbed by a noise as they slept in their home in Nicholas Avenue, Whitburn.

When they came downstairs to investigate, one of the raiders, Joshua Wigham, 19, was scared off and ran away.

But as the couple searched their home, they found a second intruder, Sam Richardson, 18, pictured, hiding in a cupboard clutching a knife.

The startled husband then hit Richardson with a wine bottle, and kept him at the house until police arrived.

Emma Dowling, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court: “Sam Richardson was holding a knife, which had been taken from a block on a bench in the kitchen.

“He was holding the knife with its blade pointed down. There is no suggestion he made any attempt to threaten him, but the householder did feel apprehensive, and hit him on the head with a bottle of wine.”

Richardson and Wigham, both of Westcliffe Road, Roker, admitted burglary. Neither of them has been in trouble before.

Mr Justice Coulson sentenced Richardson to 20 months behind bars.

Wigham, who prosecutors accept played a minor role in the raid, was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 120 hours of unpaid work.