Disabled girl 13, in man in bedroom terror

A DISABLED teenager woke in the middle of the night to find a man inside her bedroom staring at her, a court heard.

The terrified girl was asleep in a downstairs bedroom when she was woken by the sound of footsteps on the kitchen floor.

She spotted Anthony Thompson standing within an arm's reach of her. He then calmly walked through to the lounge area out of her sight.

Seconds later, her father, Ronald Johnson, who had also been woken, looked out of the bedroom window to see his wife's £20,000 car being driven off the drive.

He ran downstairs and out on to the drive at Pemberton Road, Winstanley, Wigan, and Thompson got out of the car and stood staring at him for a few seconds before getting back in and driving off.

Thompson, aged 28, of Briar Hall Grove, Little Hulton, admitted burglary and theft at Bolton Crown Court and also asked for two other offences of burglary and criminal damage to be taken into account.

Judge Philip Raynor QC heard that Thompson was already serving a seven-year sentence for robbery and theft.

Judge Raynor told him that he would have been sent to prison had he not already been serving a seven-year sentence. He jailed him for 30 months concurrently.

Prosecutor Janet Ruscoe said that Ronald Johnson had been woken by the central heating switching on.

He heard a car and saw his wife's £20,000 Alfa Romeo Spider car being driven off the drive.

He had deliberately parked his car in front of his wife's vehicle because her car was more expensive.

Earlier his daughter had seen Thompson after he had broken into the house downstairs to steal the car keys and a purse containing £20.

Thompson was arrested later and fully admitted his role in the burglary claiming he and a friend had tried to take a car when they ran out of petrol.