Terrified girl,18, called police from bathroom during burglary
A TERRIFIED 18-year-old girl locked herself in the bathroom of her home when she heard burglars downstairs.
The ordeal began when the girl heard banging downstairs in her home in Selsley West and noticed a van parked outside at 11.50am on Friday, April 15.
Gloucester Crown Court heard on Friday how she locked herself in the bathroom and called police on her mobile while the incident unfolded.
Prosecutor Tim Hills said: “She heard two male voices in the house.
“They went into the three bedrooms and one of them tried the door of the bathroom where she was hiding.
“Both men then went downstairs. She looked out and could see a man on the driveway.
“He ran to the rear of the property.
“The police arrived, looked through the window and could see a man wearing a balaclava.
“He tried to get out through the conservatory but it was locked.
“The police went into the house and saw the defendant removing the balaclava.
“The other man was seen outside in a Vauxhall van and he rammed the police car to make good his escape. The car was found later in North Woodchester.”
During the hearing, Anjam Ali, aged 41, of Coltishall Close, Quedgeley, admitted taking part in the burglary.
The police found a pillowcase and bag in the garden which contained an Apple laptop, three iPads and a jewellery box, the court heard.
A 60 inch TV had also been moved from the lounge to the kitchen table.
Sentencing was adjourned to allow the probation service time to establish whether Ali would be suitable to be given unpaid work as a punishment.
He was released on bail pending sentencing on October 25 and was warned that jail was an option.
Ali claimed he was pressured into taking part in the raid by a man to whom he owed money.
He said he understood the house belonged to someone who also owed the man money.
His solicitor Tim Burrows said Ali had never committed a burglary before and that his last criminal conviction was in 1999.