Burglar tried to raid house just four days after court date for earlier break-in

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A MAN tried to break into a house four days after being in court for a similar offence.

Gavin Sanderson tried the door of a house in Shiney Row while a woman was asleep inside.

The attempted burglary on June 16 was captured on CCTV, and police identified the 32-year-old from Columbia, Washington.

When police arrested him, they found he had a kitchen knife hidden up his sleeve and a Stanley knife in his pocket.

At Sunderland Magistrates’ Court, Sanderson pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and two charges of possessing a bladed article.

The court heard he had been made subject to a suspended sentence for a similar offence just days earlier, on June 12.

Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said the woman was staying at the house while her parents were away.

He said: “She went to bed and all was in order, but when the next day came, she found the bolt on the yard gate was open.

“She was concerned that someone had been in the yard.

“She checked the CCTV, which showed the defendant in the yard, trying the door of the premises, trying to get in.

“The police were informed, and on Monday afternoon they found Mr Sanderson walking along Fenton’s Close in Washington, towards The Gables.

“Recovered from his right sleeve was a large kitchen knife and from his right trouser pocket, a Stanley knife. The knives belonged to his mother, and she was not aware he was in possession of them.” Tom Morgan, defending, said former heroin addict Sanderson had turned to alcohol and had been drinking heavily on the night of the offence.

He added: “He knows it is stupid and cannot believe he has done it himself.”

Mr Morgan added that Sanderson, who is originally from Carlisle, later armed himself as he heard a car full of men with machetes and samurai swords were looking for him.

District Judge Roger Elsey sentenced Sanderson, of The Gables, to 28 weeks behind bars – 12 weeks for each of the offences, to run concurrently and concurrently with the 16-week suspended sentence.

He said: “Any offence of burglary is serious, but this is aggravated by the fact that your previous convictions and by the fact that you were in possession of two knives when arrested.”