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Flintshire underwear thief faces two-and-a-half years in jail

Credit: North Wales Police

A court has heard how a man twice broke into a woman’s home to steal her underwear – and in-between the burglaries sent her a Facebook “friend” request.

Caernarfon crown court heard this as fast-food restaurant worker John Sillah, 20, of Buckley, Flintshire, was locked up for two-and-a-half years.

He’s not a conventional burglar. He seems to have led a double life working at McDonald’s at Mold during the day.

– Oliver King, defence barrister

Judge David Hale told Sillah he had pleaded guilty to four house burglaries and one attempt, and a 2012 offence was considered.

In April he had broken into a woman’s Buckley home.

You go back to the house on Christmas morning at six o’clock and break in again and stole more underwear. You have been to her house in the interim but didn’t try and break in. She is petrified of you.

– Judge David Hale

Also on Christmas Day, he had burgled homes at Mold. A young woman had been out when Sillah rifled through her underwear drawer. Along the same road at 2.20am a man was awoken by Sillah standing at the foot of his bed. The defendant fled with the householder’s coat.

The prosecutor said Sillah told police he was walking home when he decided to break into houses to steal women’s underwear for his own sexual gratification.