Father-of-five in court for burglary

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A CRIMINAL father whose family was hounded out of their Hunmanby home by vigilantes has been jailed.

Father-of-five Graham White, 37, was sentenced after resorting to crime in Bridlington and frightening a pensioner.

Hull Crown Court heard White moved to a house with no furniture and decided to try and break into a 65-year-old woman’s home after scaling a 6ft-high gate in her rear yard where she grew flowers in the summer.

He was so drunk he snapped the handle off the door and fled before gaining entry.

However, his blood was left on the outer door frame and the police arrested him – only for him to deny involvement in interview.

The court heard White’s family had fled their former Hunmanby home without a stick of furniture, leaving behind wedding snaps.

White had a record which includes burglary, selling controlled drugs and handling stolen property and was recalled to prison after his arrest.

He appeared at Hull Crown Court on Monday for sentence after pleading guilty to a single charge of attempted burglary between June 5 and 7.

Prosecuting, Jane Bryan said the 65-year-old had given a victim impact statement in which she said: “I have lived here nine years and felt very secure.

“The incident has left me feeling very uneasy, lonely and insecure. “

Mitigating, Patrick Palmer said White’s family had been victims themselves in Hunmanby and had been forced to move.

He said they were bereft of furniture, only being helped out by the Boston Mayflower Project after leaving with little.

He added: “The defendant recognises he has a record which has been related to alcohol and drugs, but he is now become drug free.

“He is managing to support his family, but alcohol was still a problem and on this night he had too much to drink. He barely remembers what happened.”

He said White had his hands full trying to control a young son at night trying to stop him following in his father’s footsteps and also suffered from active Hepatitis C and was worried of its effect on his family.

Judge Jeremy Richardson, QC, said: “I am conscious Hepatitis C is a potentially life-threatening condition.

“The sentence I have in mind is nine months, but that could be reduced if a medical report substantiates your claim.

“The condition may have been brought on by your own foolhardiness.

He adjourned sentencing until December 5.