A DRUNKEN would-be burglar terrified an elderly woman in her Huddersfield home, a court heard.
Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday how the 68-year-old victim, who lives alone in a detached house in its own grounds, was disturbed by a scratching noise.
Prosecutor Ken Green said that when she went to investigate she saw somebody - later found to be Paul Hogan, 21, of Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Moor - on the roof of her extension.
She immediately phoned the police.
Soon after, the woman saw her door handle moving up and down. When she told the would- be intruder she had called the police he said: "I am the police."
Mr Green said the householder unlocked the door, but left the chain on. When the man tried to push the door open she shut it again.
Hogan repeated that he was the police and pretended to show her a warrant card through the window. But the woman realised it was false and rang the police again.
When they arrived Hogan was found in the area and after a struggle he was arrested.
Police found that some lead flashing on the roof of the extension had been tampered with. Also, Hogan had a blue and yellow credit card, which he had used as the false warrant card.
Hogan said he had drunk one-and-a-half bottles of vodka, as well as beer, and couldn't remember what he had done.
But in May he pleaded guilty to offences of burglary with intent, impersonating a police officer and resisting a police officer.
His barrister, Andrew Hatton, handed Judge Jennifer Kershaw various reports on his client.
He also said that although Hogan had previous convictions they were mostly "nuisance offences".
None were for burglary.
He said Hogan had not drunk alcohol since his arrest in February and was voluntarily going to organisations to help him deal with his cannabis problem.
Judge Kershaw described Hogan as a "very troubled young man" but she accepted that he was making efforts to change after a dreadful start in life.
She told Hogan that the offence was a very grave one and the woman must have been frightened out of her wits that night.
But she said that if Hogan could put his life in order he would stop committing offences. That way the public would be protected in the long run.
Hogan was made subject to a three-year community rehabilitation order.
He must also go to sessions of a programme dealing with crime caused by substance abuse.