TWO brothers who went to a party and decided to commit a burglary in Thorne, Doncaster, on the way home were caught hiding in the loft when police were tipped off.
One of them, 28-year-old Daniel Lee Frost, of Alexandra Street, Thorne, ended up being bitten by a police dog before being arrested, Doncaster Crown Court was told.
He and Shaun Gavin Frost, aged 31, of Brookfield Close, Thorne, both pleaded guilty to the break-in at a house in Upper Kenyon Street in March.
A neighbour who saw two men acting suspiciously called the police and they found a rear window had been smashed to gain entry.
Both defendants were found hiding in the loft, said Jeremy Evans prosecuting, and a police dog was called in to make them come down.
Mr Evans said there was ‘no shying away from the fact that the property was clearly being used for the purpose of growing cannabis’ and nothing was stolen.
The brothers had 34 previous convictions between them, the court was told.
Edward Moss, defending Shaun Frost, said there was minimal damage to the house and no pre-planning.
“He was on the way back from a party having consumed alcohol and cocaine. It is seven years since his last conviction, when he had a serious heroin addiction of which he is now cured,” he said.
“On that evening he fell off the wagon and had cocaine and that contributed to the commission of this offence. Falling off the wagon after all these years has taught him a severe lesson.”
Karen Tunnacliffe, for Daniel Frost, said he was voluntarily attending drug intervention and alcohol services because he was ‘heavily in drink when he went along with this unfortunate escapade’.
The brothers were each sentenced to 36 weeks’ jail, suspended for 18 months, with 300 hours of unpaid work, a 7pm to 7am curfew for three months, and £300 costs.