Published Tuesday, 01 April 2014
The burglar said that he was trying to get a drink from an outside tap. (© UTV)
Ryan Harkin, 21 and with an address at the Methodist City Mission, received an 18 month jail sentence at the Crown Court in Derry on Tuesday for breaking into the house at Stoneywood in the Prehen area of the city.
Harkin, who had thirty previous convictions - seven of them for burglaries, was caught and chased by the house owner.
He then sat down on the man's driveway, asked for a glass of water and waited for the police to arrive.
Harkin told the police he'd been trying to get a drink of water from the man's garden tap when the owner chased him.
An ice scraper which Harkin used to force open a downstairs window as well as a pair of gloves containing his DNA were found in the back garden of the house.
Judge Philip Babington told Harkin he'd been caught red handed trying to break into the man's house.
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