A man who was caught red-handed as he attempted to burgle a residential property by kicking down its rear door has been jailed for four years
The court heard how Lewis Williams, 42 (01.09.73) of no fixed abode was spotted outside Limesdale Gardens, Brent at approximately 13:50hrs on 17 September 2015.
The victim was at home when he heard loud noises from outside which sounded like kicking. He then spotted Williams in the rear enclosed garden kicking at the patio doors of his house.
A neighbour also heard the noise and looked out the window to see Williams kick the doors until the glass shattered and then gain entry.
At this point, the victim ran downstairs when he realised he was being burgled and confronted Williams who pushed the victim as he tried to detain him.
Williams then fled the house on foot. Police were called and arrested Williams nearby.
He refused to be interviewed and later claimed he was never at the scene.
He was charged with burglary and possession of heroin on 18 September 2015.
Forensic examination of the door and Williams’ clothing found shards of identical glass linking him to scene and therefore forcing him to change his plea on the first day of trial on Tuesday, 9 February.
He was jailed on the same day at Southwark Crown Court.