Ingoldmells burglar who made stabbing threat during Skegness home break-in jailed for over three years at Lincoln Crown Court

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A burglar threatened to stab a woman who found him inside her home, Lincoln Crown Court was told this week.

James Webber broke into the property in Park Avenue, Skegness, in the early hours but was interrupted when the young woman’s boyfriend arrived back at the property.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said the woman, who was at home along with her mother, went downstairs to let her boyfriend in but found she was unable to enter the living room because the door was barred.

Webber then threatened the woman, saying “Get back upstairs before I stab you”.

Mr Scott said: “She ran straight back upstairs to her bedroom.”

The victim’s boyfriend and her brother then arrived but Webber had fled, taking a £5 note from the hallway. He was arrested later after his fingerprints were found on a window but told police he had no recollection of the burglary.

Webber, 21, of Bank Drive, Ingoldmells, admitted burglary on June 14.

He was jailed for three years and four months.

Judge Sean Morris told him: “It must have been terrifying for the victims.

“There comes a time when you have got to realise that burgling people’s homes is not going to be tolerated.

“The sentence is to reflect that not only was there a confrontation but there were threats to the householder in this case.”

Terry Boston, defending, said Webber was “desperately sorry” for the offence.

He said Webber, who has previous convictions for burglary, had moved to the east coast from Doncaster in an attempt to change his life.

“He had a lot to drink that night but he would not normally have lost his memory with that amount of drink.”