Sunderland burglar jailed after threatening to bite off student’s finger

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A BURGLAR who put a student’s finger in his mouth and threatened to bite it during a raid has been jailed.

Stefan Whittle caught Alan Harrison leaving his student flat in Sunderland, carrying his Macbook computer under his arm.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Mr Whittle bravely detained the 41-year-old serial criminal until the police got there, despite facing a frightening fight.

Paul Rowland, prosecuting, told the court: “There was a struggle, and at one point it was said the defendant put Mr Whittle’s right index finger in his mouth and threatened to bite it.”

The burglary happened on December 13.

Harrison, of no fixed address, had been given bail so he could be assessed for a drug treatment order after being convicted of break-ins at two city bars a month before he targeted the student’s home at Foyle Street, Sunniside.

The court heard he has 100 previous convictions.

Recorder Toby Hedworth said Harrison had thrown away “a once in a decade” opportunity and jailed him for two years and five months.

The judge told him: “I cannot overlook this repeated offending.

“The public are entitled to have confidence in the criminal justice system.

“You have left me with no alternative.”

Jamie Adams, defending, said Harrison is a long-term heroin addict who is desperate to kick his habit and stay out of trouble.

Mr Adams said: “The victim contained Mr Harrison and kept him there until the police arrived.

“Thankfully, there were no injuries.”

Harrison had admitted burglary.

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