Man tried to burgle his neighbour’s house while he was in his pyjamas

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A DESPERATE man who tried to break into a neighbour’s house while still in his pyjamas was put on a community order at Grantham Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

David Coggin, of Harrowby Close, Grantham, admitted trying to steal items from the house on July 5 while the occupants were on holiday.

He was stopped in his attempt by two of his neighbours who saw him sitting on the doorstep of the property with a screwdriver and a hacksaw.

Jill Derby, prosecuting, said the neighbour asked what Coggin, 48, was doing and he replied: “I’m desperate man, I need the money.”

Tony Freitas, defending, said Coggin made the burglary attempt after an argument with his wife, who was struggling with withdrawal symptoms from crack cocaine.

He said: “He was finding it very hard. As a desperate measure he went over to the property and tried to break in. He accepts that it was a totally foolish action.

“It was as unsophisticated as it could get. He was not wearing gloves, it was 9am and he was in his pyjamas.”

District Judge Richard Blake put Coggin on a 12 month community order with a supervision requirement.