Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Burglar spared jail term after Bebo girl break-in

A man who told police he broke into a pensioner's home to meet a girl he was chatting up on a social networking website escaped jail after his 18-month jail term was suspended for two years.

Handing down the suspended term at Belfast Crown Court yesterday, Judge Geoffrey Miller QC told 23-year-old William Godfrey his claim “quite frankly, lacks any real sense of credibility”.

Earlier he heard how 76-year-old Thomas Mossison was awoken at 5am on March 15 last year and went to the kitchen of his Morpeth Street home to be confronted by a “drunk” Godfrey.

Arrested and interviewed Godfrey, from Argyle Street in Belfast, claimed he had gone to the house because he had been invited there by a girl he had met on the Bebo website, but later pleaded guilty to offences of burglary and possessing a class C drug.

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