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Man fell head-first through window trying to escape scene of burglary

Judge Neil Rafferty QC branded Jordan John William Boyd's (28) actions as "slapstick"

A MAN who fell head-first through a window whilst trying to escape the scene of a burglary has been jailed for a year.

Judge Neil Rafferty QC branded Jordan John William Boyd's (28) actions as "slapstick".

Boyd, whose address was given as Maghaberry and who appeared at Belfast Crown Court via a videolink, admitted breaking into a house at Sherbrook Terrace in the city and stealing items including a pair of sunglasses, a watch and a mobile phone.

At around 10am on February 14, a man was putting his bin out when he noticed a male intruder in his neighbour's property.

The man knew his neighbour was not at home, the alarm was raised and other residents then saw the intruder in the property.

When Boyd realised he had been spotted he tried to escape but fell head-first through a window and landed on the street.

Boyd - who carried out the break-in whilst under the influence of alcohol and methodone - was detained by the group until police arrived.

Judge Rafferty said that when searched, Boyd was found to be in possession of several stolen items.

He subsequently said that at the time he was "out of control" but had little memory of the incident due to his intoxication.

Defence barrister Michael Boyd said that whilst his client may have been a "shambling mess" in February, there has been a "marked difference since his time in custody".

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