This burglar threatened to take two young children hostage during raid at the home of his ex

Daniel Allan had threatened to burn the family out of their home while drunk then smashed his way in during a Sunday morning raid in Sunderland

A burglar threatened to take two young children hostage after smashing his way into his ex partner’s home.

Daniel Allan had bombarded his former girlfriend with around 50 missed calls early on a Sunday morning while drunk.

When she eventually answered, he was abusive and told her he was coming round to put her windows out and said he would “burn all of them out of the house”.

Allan then turned up at the woman’s home in Sunderland and when she wouldn’t let him in, he broke her bathroom window and climbed in.

The thug then took the woman’s phone off her as she alerted police and made threats to take two young children hostage.

Now the 32-year-old, who has 110 previous convictions, has been jailed for 12 months at Newcastle Crown Court.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw said it was early on Sunday January 15 that Allan started hounding his 38-year-old ex.

He told the court: “They had been in a relationship for some time and she describes the relationship as sometimes volatile and not without difficulties.

“There are no allegations of him being violent but he did threaten violence and that brought the relationship to an end.

“Early on the morning of Sunday January 15 she was at home in Sunderland when she received, from 5.30am, a number of attempts to contact her by phone.

“She knew, owing to the time of day, there was every likelihood he would be drunk.

“Almost 50 calls were received from him before she answered the phone.”

The court heard Allan was ranting at the woman and calling her names but the abuse then took a more sinister tone.

Mr Wardlaw said: “He said he was coming round to her address to put her windows out and would burn all of them out of the address.

“She ignored further calls and contacted the police because of her concerns.

“The defendant did attend her address and tried to get in.

“She refused access and he then went round to the rear of the address, broke a window and climbed in.

“She was on the phone to the police and he approached her and took the phone from her to prevent the call to the police continuing.

“A young child had woken up and he took hold of the child in his arms before leaving the address. He was drunk at the time.

“He had made threats to take the children hostage.”

Allan, of Ridley Terrace, Hendon, Sunderland, tried to hide from police nearby but was found and arrested.

He pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for 12 months.

Judge Penny Moreland told him: “You threatened to put her windows out and burn the family out of the property.

“You went round to the house and she, quite rightly, refused you entry to the house, so you went to the rear of the house, broke the bathroom window and climbed in.

“She had already contacted the police out of fear about what you might do if you came to the house.

“You took (the young child) in your arms and threatened her that you would take the children hostage.

“I regard the unpleasant and frightening threats you made to her as an aggravating feature of this offence.

“This is a serious offence and there must have been great fear occasioned to the victim and the two children.”

Andrew Walker, defending, said Allan had been a frequent visitor to the house and had lived there some of the time.

He added: “He was distraught at the end of the relationship.

“There was no intention to harm anyone.

“He fears he was spiked in his consumption of alcohol that night. He can’t explain why he behaved as he did.

“This is not a typical house burglary.”

The Chronicle

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