Portsmouth mum’s terror as crook raids home while family sleep

JAILED Lee Fewings
JAILED Lee Fewings

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A MUM has been left scared to be in her own home after a man broke in while the family slept.

Lee Fewings had only just been released from jail for a previous burglary when he climbed in through a window and stole jewellery, an iPad, a £1,200 Breitling watch and £115 cash from Emma Pedalty’s home.

While the 20-year-old thief prowled around the house in Hilsea Crescent, Hilsea, the couple and their 22-month old son were asleep upstairs.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Ms Pedalty has lost all her confidence and no longer feels safe in her home any more.

Fewings, of no fixed address but formerly of Sedley Close, Somers Town, pleaded guilty to burglary and asked for two other similar offences to be taken into consideration by the sentencing judge.

Those break-ins were also at homes in Portsmouth, carried out while the owners slept upstairs.

All three offences took place in the space of five days, between July 7 and July 12.

Christopher Wing, defending, said Fewings had drunk a bottle of vodka on the night of the raid on Ms Pedalty’s home.

‘Quite simply he got drunk and went in to look to see what he could take,’ he said.

‘He is yet to acquire the right attitude in life and realise that just because you are down on your luck, homeless and short of food, addressing these problems by entering other people’s houses and taking items is not the way forward.

‘Perhaps he can realise that now is the time to take charge of his own life.’

The court heard unemployed Fewings has two previous convictions for burglaries at houses while people were home.

Jailing him for two years and five months, Judge Sarah Vaughan-Jones QC said: ‘This was not long after your release from custody for a previous burglary.

‘You entered the house through a downstairs window while the occupants, including a small child, were asleep upstairs.

‘You heard how upset the victim is and how insecure she feels in her own home.’

She added: ‘You have a number of previous convictions for offences of dishonesty and persistent offending since 2010 with numerous offences of burglary, theft and shoplifing.’