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Burglar Paul Dawson raided house he helped renovate
A BUILDER’S labourer has been jailed after he was caught red-handed burgling a house he helped to renovate.
Paul Andrew Dawson worked briefly for the builder who was carrying out work at a house near central York, Michael Bosomworth, prosecuting, told York Crown Court.
Later Dawson, 25, went back to the house while it was empty but the householder walked in on him as he searched for valuables then chased and caught him as Dawson tried to flee.
The householder refused to be intimidated by threats to his family and sat on the burglar until police arrived.
Dawson had 46 previous convictions and had served an 18-month sentence for arson.
Dawson, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to burglary and resisting arrest and was jailed for 12 months.
He was also ordered to pay a £100 statutory surcharge.
Recorder David Bradshaw said Dawson had targeted the house and the threats had “seriously aggravated” the crime.
Mr Bosomworth said Dawson initially claimed he was carrying out building work in the house when he was confronted him on July 30.
But he had already searched most of the house, put a camera and other items in a bag for taking away and was no longer employed by the builder.
The householder challenged him and when he phoned the builder to check Dawson’s story, the burglar fled.
After he was caught, he was aggressive towards the police officer who arrested him, the court heard.
For Dawson, Kevin Blount said his client had not intended to carry out the threats and since his last release from prison had tried to go straight.
“He has made an attempt to turn his life around, albeit a rather failed one,” said the solicitor advocate.
Dawson had been homeless when he carried out the burglary and was looking for clothes to wear.