Burglars smashed their way into OAP’s home

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A PENSIONER’S home was showered with broken glass when raiders threw a rock through her living room window.

Paul Quinn and Julia Walmsley snatched a handbag after smashing through the glass at the elderly and disabled woman’s Washington home in the early hours of February 13 last year.

The victim told police after the break-in: “I feel angry and scared.

“I often sleep in the chair by the window. It is scary to think the rock could have hit me.

“I should feel safe in my home and now I don’t.”

Quinn, 43, of Herburn Gardens, Washington, denied burglary but was found guilty by a jury after a trial.

Judge Penny Moreland jailed him for three years.

The court heard Quinn was linked to the raid through glass fragments found on his clothes, which matched the window that had been broken.

Walmsley, 24, of Wright Terrace, Houghton, admitted burglary and was jailed for 19 months.

She was caught with the victim’s credit cards after the break-in.

Prosecutor Barry Robson told the court the house came under attack at about 3.50am.

Mr Robson said: “The occupant had a rock thrown threw her living room window.

“She describes it being like a lot of bricks put together.

“She lives alone, is elderly and disabled.

“Her handbag had been lying just underneath the window and was stolen.”

Annelise Haugstad, defending, said Quinn started using drugs after the death of his son, which led to his offending but he is now trying to tackle the problem.

Jonathan Devlin said mother-of-two Walmsley has sought help for her heroin use.