The woman and her 82-year-old husband were targeted by burglars in their sheltered accommodation in north York. On September 29, Paul Barker, 41, attempted to break into their home by burning plastic around a window. The couple had previously been targeted by burglars, and the husband expressed feeling like he was living in a prison due to the need to take so many precautions.
Barker was prosecuted at York Crown Court and was sentenced to 38 months in jail after pleading guilty to attempted burglary. He was also issued a 10-year restraining order preventing him from contacting the couple or going near their home due to his history of 90 previous convictions, including house burglaries.
During the attempted burglary, the elderly husband woke up to confront Barker after being alerted by staff at the homeless hostel where Barker was staying. His wife was disturbed by the noise and ended up falling, breaking her hip and requiring hospitalization for three days.
The husband expressed the significant impact the incident had on his and his wife’s lives, citing it as a “life-changing incident.” After the burglary attempt, the couple found evidence linking Barker to the crime, and he was subsequently arrested and charged. Despite initially refusing to cooperate with police, Barker eventually accepted his guilt and the resulting jail sentence.