Burglar fell from flat window after being confronted

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A BUNGLING burglar fell out of a window of a flat after raiding it to fund his drug addiction.

Blaise Silvester, 24, broke into the ground-floor flat lived in by a 71-year-old family friend.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Silvester made such a commotion during the burglary that two neighbours came out to see what happened. The pair circled the property before spotting Silvester, who then promptly fell out of the window.

Prosecutor Martyn Booth said: ‘He ran towards the men holding a crowbar.

‘Both men tackled him to the ground and detained him until the police arrived.’

The victim was on holiday and returned to his home in Farmside Gardens, Portsmouth, on February 27 to find his window boarded up.

Mr Booth added: ‘He felt deflated coming from his holiday. He feels more vulnerable because of his age.’

Nothing was taken in the burglary but the court heard Silvester carried it out to fund his drug addiction.

A chisel and a pair of gloves were also found at the scene of the crime.

Silvester carried out the offence during a suspended sentence he received for an offence of actual bodily harm after punching a taxi driver in October 2011.

The court heard he had got in an Aqua Cars taxi with a woman and ran off when the driver pulled up at the end of the journey.

The driver got out to challenge the pair and Silvester, of Stubbington Avenue, North End, assaulted him.

Mr Booth added: ‘The defendant’s reaction was to immediately punch him to the face a number of times causing a suspected fracture to the nose.’

The court heard Silvester was not dealt with at the time as he absconded to New Zealand – where he was jailed for two years for attacking and stealing cash from a taxi driver in July 2013

Mr Booth added: ‘‘He ended up serving a two-year sentence in New Zealand before returning to the UK.’

Judge Sarah Munro sentenced him to 32 weeks in prison for the burglary and 30 weeks for the suspended sentence.

She added a door in the flat had also been damaged.

Barry McElduff, defending, said: ‘He is extremely disappointed by his own behaviour and that he has let down the people very close to home. He wanted cash to fuel his drug problem.’