Man labelled ‘Britain’s dopiest burglar’ after falling asleep on sofa during burglary

Mohammed Khan from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, has been labelled as Britain’s dopiest burglar after falling asleep on the sofa while attempting to burgle a house.

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The surprised victim discovered Khan after returning home from work and heard loud snoring.

Khan had made himself comfortable on the sofa even covering himself with the victims blanket.

The 22-year-old was woken up by police at around 3.20am and found the victims car keys in his pocket.

Khan was arrested and pleaded guilty to burglary at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court and has been jailed for two years and three months.

Khan pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for two years and three months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Judge Paul Glenn said: ‘The victim returned to find his home had been entered and ransacked.

‘Nothing very much had been taken because there was nothing very much of high value inside the house but a good deal of gratuitous damage had been caused.

‘He then heard snoring coming from the front room and he saw you covered up in a blanket.

‘You were arrested. In your pocket was his car key. In your hand was a wrench which he believed was his own. The inference I draw is you intended to take his car.

‘It must have been incredibly frightening to find someone in his home, a man with a history of violence, drunk, under the influence of drugs and with a weapon in his hand.’

Prosecutor Edward Soulsby said: ‘(The victim) could see the house had been ransacked and vandalised.

‘He heard snoring and discovered Khan asleep downstairs with a wrench on his lap. He went outside to call the police. The officers woke him up and arrested him. The victim’s car key fob was found on his person.’

The victim no longer feels safe in his home, the court heard.

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