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Man receives community order after trying to force his way into a mother’s home

 Published on: 20th May 2018   |   By: Ryan Gray   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Hemel Hempstead mother said she had never been as scared as when a drunken stranger tried to force his way into her home.

She was carrying her 2-year-old son in her arms when she answered banging on her front door at 7.55am on January 5 this year.

The mum thought it was friends of her daughter wanting to walk with her to school, but when she opened the door Jamie Birch lunged in.

St Albans crown court heard on Friday, May 18 the mother quickly put her toddler onto the stairs and tried to close the door.

Prosecutor Daniel Wright said: “There was a struggle and eventually she pushed his foot out and locked the door. 

“She heard banging as he kicked the door. She was forced to put her whole body against the door. It was an extremely scary incident. She said she had never been so scared in her life.”

She telephoned the police and called out to a neighbour for help.

The neighbour and her husband detained Birch who was staggering and claimed to be “looking for Ricky” and that he “must have the wrong house.”

The police arrived and when Birch was searched, he was found to have ecstasy, cannabis and 38 Xanax tablets on him.

Birch, of Oldhouse Road, Hemel appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to damaging property, using violence to secure entry to a property and possessing Class A, B and C drugs. 

He was in breach of a 6 month suspended sentence imposed on 20th December last year for causing the death of Daniel McClellan by careless driving. 

On 9 June 2016 he was driving a white Transit van which crashed into a telegraph pole on London Road, Hemel, killing McClellan. 

Defending, Andrew Kerry said that all Birch could remember from that morning was that he had a friend called John, not Ricky, who lived in the that street and that his bizarre behaviour was a result of drinking far too much cider and taking two sleeping tablets.

He said: “He has found it very difficult to cope with aftermath of his friend dying when he was driving.”

Recorder Adrian Eissa QC told him: “It was absolutely terrifying for the householder. You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself.”

Birch was given an 18 month Community Order with 40 days’ rehabilitation activity requirement. In addition he must abide by a four month curfew between 8pm and 7am.

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