Chingford burglar jailed after attacking brave neighbour with umbrella (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Chingford burglar jailed after attacking brave neighbour with umbrella
A burglar who attacked a have-a-go-hero with an umbrella when he challenged him was jailed for 12 months yesterday.
Rio Stewart, 22, of Burnside Avenue, Chingford, was caught red-handed as he fled a house in Dawlish Road, Leyton, with jewellery, an Ipad and £1,000 in cash.
An un-named neighbour who went out to investigate after he saw a front window had been smashed was met by Stewart who repeatedly hit him with an umbrella as he tried to flee.
The owner of the property, Sanara Bibi, was at work when Stewart and an unknown accomplice burgled the house at around 11.20am on March 8 this year.
The accomplice is still at large.
Jailing Stewart the judge, Mr Recorder Simon Mayo QC, said: “You were disturbed by a neighbour and he challenged you and he was assaulted as you tried to leave the premises.
“Offences of this kind are considered very serious because they involve the invasion of someone's home, a place where people should feel secure.”
Stewart, who pleaded guilty to one count of burglary dwelling and has previous convictions for drug offences and failing to comply with court orders, shook his head in shock at the decision as he was taken down.
Mrs Bibi’s family were not insured and they are having to save up to replace the stolen items.
The brave neighbour did not sustain any serious injuries from the umbrella attack.
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