Intruder David Podmore was high on monkey dust when he smashed his way into a pensioner’s home and confronted him with an ornamental lion before being tackled to the ground by the brave OAP.
The 43-year-old had already been spotted in one garden when he bolted to the neighbouring property in Balcombe Close, Clayton, on September 28.
He smashed his way into the house through a conservatory before coming face-to-face with the homeowner who managed to trap him in the garage.
And when the police arrived Podmore had to be pepper-sprayed after headbutting one of the officers and digging his fingers into a second bobby.
Now Podmore, of Ruxley Road, Bucknall, has been jailed for 20 months after admitting two counts of assaulting an emergency worker as well as charge of affray, assault, and destroying property.
Prosecutor Julian Taylor said: “He was drugged up with monkey dust at the time and said he was on the run.
“The first homeowner was woken by banging in the garden and heard plants being thrown about and a man shouting and asking someone to call the police.
“He then bolted next door into a garden and was heard banging and shouting.
“He was trying to smash his way into the house and picked up the ornamental lion.
“As he was walking upstairs the gentleman approached and fell towards him knocking the ornament out of his hand – and he then pushed him into the garage.”
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the incident has had a long-lasting impact on the victims, who are all in their 70s.
One of them said: “My behaviour has changed and I now take a phone to bed along with any valuables. I will never feel safe and secure in my own home again.”
Matthew Dunford, mitigating, told the court his client regrets what happened.
He said: “It is his view that he was spiked with monkey dust by a friend. He told the homeowner that people were after him. He says he is really sorry.”
The OAP who confronted Podmore has been handed a £250 High Sheriff’s award for his actions. The defendant is banned from returning to Balcombe Close.
Judge David Fletcher said: “This was a terrifying experience for the two couples and something that will live with them.”