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Tired thief fell asleep in Coupar Angus home

John Harrison
Image caption John Harrison admitted stealing £600 of jewellery

A tired thief fell fast asleep in the house he was stealing from and did not wake up until the owner arrived home, a court has heard.

John Harrison, 16, broke into a home in Coupar Angus late at night, but felt so exhausted he lay down in the master bedroom to rest.

Homeowner Jillian Norris discovered him at 0500 BST. He ran off with £600 of jewellery after being disturbed.

Harrison, from Alyth, admitted the theft.

He was given three months to complete the Right Track programme for young offenders before being sentenced in February.

Bail orders

Perth Sheriff Court heard that he had stolen a gold pocket watch, two gold link chains, a gold lighter, two silver pendants and chains, a gold pendant and chain, a string of pearls, a wallet, three mobile phones and a tub of hair gel.

The theft took place on 13 August, just hours after he had been granted bail for a separate offence.

Harrison also admitted attacking and injuring James Powell in Queen Street, Coupar Angus, on 24 September by punching him repeatedly on the head and body.

He was subject to two bail orders at that time.

He had previously been placed on a curfew after admitting that on 3 July he struggled violently with police constables Iain Scougall and Nichola Forrester and lashed out with his arms and legs in Coupar Angus.

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