A SERIAL burglar is behind bars after terrifying a 10-year-old girl who caught him raiding her elderly grandmother’s home.
David Hume was sneaking around an 83-year-old woman’s bedroom in Sunderland when he was seen by her young granddaughter, who bravely asked what he was doing.
Newcastle Crown Court heard when the little girl went to fetch her grandmother, Hume, who has dozens of convictions, was on his way out of the house, empty handed, and told them ‘I apologise for giving the bairn a shock”.
The 37-year-old claims seeing the fright on the schoolgirl’s face when she caught a stranger in her grandmother’s home has now put him on the straight and narrow.
His barrister Jane Waugh told the court: “He has described the shock of seeing the shock on that little girl’s face when he confronted her in the house. It is something that has stayed with him and made him assess what he is actually doing.
“He is committed to change his lifestyle.”
Hume, of Norfolk Street, in Sunderland city centre, admitted burglary and asked for two further house raids to be taken into consideration.
He also pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods in relation to a wedding ring belonging to a widower’s late wife, which was taken during a break-in.
Mr Recorder Duncan Smith jailed Hume for five years.
The judge told him: “I am glad you have seen the light and realise the shock you can cause to people when you confront them in their homes.
“Let us hope that shock remains with you for the duration of your prison sentence and beyond, so when you have served your sentence you will not wish to commit any further offence.”
The court heard the little girl had been visiting her grandmother on August 8 in the afternoon, when she saw Hume.
Neil Pallister, prosecuting, said: “She had her wits about her, she challenged the male and asked what he was doing.”
The girl and her grandmother picked Hume out at a police identity parade.
Miss Waugh said Hume has been offending since he was 13 and taking drugs since he was 12.