A would-be burglar who was caught trying to break in to a house by the owner, threatened to shoot her when she “courageously” chased after him, a court has heard.

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Dean Hogbin had smashed a UVPC window at a detached house at the end of a 75m driveway in Hall Lane, Oulton Broad on September 10 last year and was spotted by the owner when she returned home at midday, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Hogbin ran away and after calling the police the homeowner jumped in to her car and chased after him, said Robert Sadd, prosecuting.

When the woman asked him what he was doing he said “I’ll shoot you. I’ll shoot you with a gun.”

Hogbin wasn’t captured immediately but when he was arrested he initially denied being responsible for the attempted burglary.

Hogbin, 37, of Pavillion Road, Gorleston admitted attempted burglary and was jailed for 30 months.

Sentencing him Recorder Richard Atchley said Hogbin would have gone ahead with the burglary if the householder hadn’t returned home when she did.

“She was brave enough to follow you and you threatened to shoot her,” said the judge.

David Wilson for Hogbin said although his client had committed burglaries in the 1990’s his last offence for burglary was in 2003.

He said his client had been depressed and not sleeping and had sought solace in alcohol around the time of the offence.

He said the owner of the house had “courageously” chased after Hogbin when she found him outside her home.

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