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Woman, 79, grabbed burglar's leg as he fled her flat
7:50am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
A FEISTY pensioner grabbed a burglar's leg as he tried to escape from her flat.
The woman, 79, was reading when she heard a noise in the bedroom at her home in close to Clacton town centre.
When she went to investigate she saw Dean Thorpe trying to get out of a window.
Chelmsford Crown Court heard how the woman grabbed Thorpe's leg but he got away with handbags, jewellery and other items worth about £150.
The woman managed to get one of Thorpe's trainers as he escaped and this along with her description led police to Thorpe.
He was caught on CCTV carrying the handbags and the pensioner's description of what he was wearing at the time matched the CCTV footage.
Police arrested Thorpe at an address in Osborne Street, Colchester on August 6 this year - the day after the break-in.
One the way to the police station he was abusive to police and assaulted one officer.
The court heard the burglary at the pensioner's home came just 17 days after he was released from jail after another burglary.
Thorpe, 30, formerly from Ventura Drive, Colchester, but now of no fixed address, admitted charges of burglary and police assault when he appeared at court.
Judge Christopher Ball QC jailed him for a total of four years.
He said: "Ladies of 79 reading in their own homes are entitled to live in peace.
"Your conduct was unforgiveable.”
Richard Conley, mitigating, said Thorpe deserved some credit for his early guilty plea, but offered no other mitigation.
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