A TEENAGE ‘clown’ who clung for life on a lorry heading up the M56 was back in court this week for burglary.
Anthony Carl Woodward,19, of Belgrave Drive, Ellesmere Port, was jailed for nine months at Chester after he threatened a young family and stole their TV in the middle of the night.
He appeared at the Crown Court on Monday after admitting the break-in, which happened on January 21.
Peter Frost, prosecuting, said: “The couple, who live there with their young child, had invited Woodward to a house party.
“He had been asked to leave as it was late, but he later sent a text message asking for a lost mobile phone to be returned or he would ‘smash some heads’.
“At about 5.30am the fearful householder saw two figures outside the house. He then saw a light shining and a crack as a window next to the door was broken. The next thing, an arm came through the panel and unlocked the door.”
Woodward then took a television, worth £745, in exchange for the lost phone and told the couple not to call the police or he would kill them and their family.
The men then drove off, taking the TV with them. It has not been recovered.
Woodward was in court in July 2010 after he jumped on to a HGV from a first-floor window from a house in Ellesmere Port and had to be rescued by police on the M56.
His mother Annette Woodward called him ‘a clown’ after the incident.
Simon Parry, defending, said: “When he drinks to excess, he acts inappropriately.
“Having had too much to drink, he returned to the house and took the television, which he accepts was a stupid thing to do.
“But he is a capable young man and spending the last 84 days on remand has been a turning point for him.”
Sentencing, Judge Elgan Edwards said: “You need to keep away from drinking.
“The way you behaved was unacceptable. Don’t get involved in this type of behaviour again.”