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Burglar who ‘terrified’ pregnant woman and her two children by staring at them in kitchen is jailed

Luke Smith, 21, scared a family after staring at them while stealing from their home (Picture: Humberside Police)

A burglar who terrified a pregnant woman and her two children by staring through the kitchen door has been jailed.

Luke Smith, 21, scared the family after breaking into their two-bedroom home in Burtswick, East Yorkshire, along with an unidentified accomplice.

The mum had realised her home was being burgled when she spotted the men on her CCTV through her smartphone, Hull Live reported.

The two assailants stole £7 in change and fireworks worth nearly £200.

A general view of Hull Crown Court (Picture: Getty)

Barrister Phillip Evans, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court the incident “terrified” the mum and also had an impact on her son, who is autistic.

He said: ‘As she was looking at the footage she became aware of a person stood in her kitchen, looking at her through the kitchen door.

‘She phoned her partner and this person left. She returned to reviewing the footage and saw two people, one approaching the conservatory and the other person keeping watch.

‘Further footage showed the second man come in through the kitchen door and take £7 in change from the top of fridge and a box of fireworks valued at £179.

‘In fact one of the men, becoming aware he was being filmed, tried to pull the camera away from the wall before walking out.’

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Defence barrister Mark Savage blamed Smith’s cocaine addiction for his offending. 

Judge Mark Bury told Smith during sentencing on Christmas Eve: “You are only 21, you have got your life ahead of you and if you keep the resolve to stay off drugs then you might make something of yourself.

“But, for the burglary I cannot overlook that there has to be an immediate sentence of imprisonment.”

Smith was jailed for two years for the burglary and three other counts of theft from a service station in Hedon.

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