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An intruder who grabbed a girl out of her bed in a ‘burglary that went wrong’ has been jailed for almost six years

An intruder who grabs a five-year-old girl from her bed while searching for cannabis in a ‘burglary gone wrong’ is jailed for nearly six years

  • Leejay Cater, 38, broke into a house in Walsall, West Midlands, looking for drugs
  • He pulled a five-year-old girl out of her bed in a ‘burglary went wrong’
  • Cater of Bloxwich pleaded guilty to taking a child to remove her from a person with lawful control at Wolverhampton Crown Court today

Leejay Cater broke into a Walsall house last August in search of a cannabis crop

Leejay Cater broke into a Walsall house last August in search of a cannabis crop

An intruder who ripped a five-year-old out of bed in a “burglary went wrong” was jailed today for nearly six years.

Leejay Cater, 38, fled with the terrified child after entering through her bedroom window last August looking for drugs in a house in Walsall.

The girl was put on a flat roof before Cater jumped out of the bedroom window behind her at around 2.15am. Then he picked up the child and jumped 1.8 meters to the ground and into a nearby alley.

The girl’s mother woke up after hearing her screams and ran to a landing window where she saw the intruder holding her child. Wolverhampton Crown Court was told that the girl’s father ran after them, but Cater dropped the child after making eye contact with the mother.

Cater, from Bloxwich, pleaded guilty to taking a child to remove her from a person who had lawful control, but claimed it was “a burglary that went wrong.”

Defending Jonathan Coode, QC, said that Cater believed there had been a cannabis crop in the property he wanted to steal.

Mr. Coode said, “He accepts that he tried to break into that house and took the child away from her mother’s care for a few minutes, but he does not accept that he intended to keep that child off the family for longer. steal than he did.

Cater pleaded guilty to taking a child to remove her from a person lawfully in Wolverhampton Crown Court (pictured), but claimed it was a 'burglary that went wrong'

Cater pleaded guilty to taking a child to remove her from a person lawfully in Wolverhampton Crown Court (pictured), but claimed it was a 'burglary that went wrong'

Cater pleaded guilty to taking a child to remove her from a person lawfully in Wolverhampton Crown Court (pictured), but claimed it was a ‘burglary that went wrong’

“He left the child in the alley and escaped. He thought he might have been able to get some cannabis that night. He tore that child for no other reason than panic about rumbling.

“It was a break-in that went awry under very unfortunate circumstances. He doesn’t want to worry about anyone anymore, especially the child and her family. ‘

Cater was jailed today for five years and nine months.

Judge Rhona Campbell told him, “What is clear is that you entered through the window of a five-year-old girl in the middle of the night.

“Whatever you expected to find, after waking her up, you picked her up and put her on the roof and went after her. But you didn’t leave her there.

“Then you carried her to the ground and compromised her safety by carrying her as you jumped two and a half meters to the ground.”

Judge Campbell said the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was “confused” and initially thought her father was making fun of her.

Although her family has taken extra security precautions, the child is now too scared to have windows open and cannot sleep alone or in that room.

The judge, who said the family was eager to move, said to Cater, “The safety and happiness of an entire family has been completely undermined by your actions.”

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