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Hero grandad stabbed as he tackled burglar; Pensioner woke to find serial thief in his bedroom.

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A HEROIC pensioner was stabbed as he wrestled a knifewielding intruder to the ground during a terrifying late-night break-in.

Grandfather David Clague, 67, woke late at night to find "professional burglar" Robert Kirkpatrick in his bedroom.

Mr Clague bravely tackled the serial thief, 38, who had only just been released from prison, but the desperate criminal plunged a 10-inch kitchen knife into his leg as they struggled.

The pensioner's son, Alan, then rushed into the bedroom and the pair wrestled the burglar to ground, pinning him until police arrived at their home in Queens Drive, Walton.

Kirkpatrick, who had taken the knife from the kitchen had earlier threatened: "I have got a knife, don't stop me", but after he was overpowered was reduced to pleading: "Let go,I've got kids".

Police arrested Kirkpatrick after they entered the family's bloodstained kitchen. Mr Clague then had to got to hospital where he had three stitches in his wound.

Kirkpatrick was this week jailed for 51/2 years after pleading guilty to burglary and wounding.

Despite his ordeal, widower Mr Clague does not consider his actions to be brave.

The former YMCA centre manager told the ECHO: "When you first wake up, you are still in a bit of a confused state. I just decided to tackle him. It was more of a stupid reaction than a brave one.

"One of the policemen told me they never recommend that anyone tackles a burglar who is armed, but it was a good result."

Join on our Facebook page face He added: "It was a terrifying com/poolecho experience, particularly for my daughter. "She went to call the police while my son and I restrained him. There was a lot of blood around. I was very lucky because it was a clean wound that deflected onto my leg.

"Thankfully, other people were in the house - if I had been on my own, I would have been in really serious trouble."

Mr Clague hit out at the decision to release Kirkpatrick from prison, only for him to strike again just one month later.

the conversation The crook, of Bodmin Road, Walton, already has 11 previous convictions for burglary. Mr Clague said: "He got caught and he is going to pay the price. I hope they think twice before they let him out on licence again.

theliver "Obviously, he was not ready to be let out before.

"The way they measure whether someone should be let out clearly is not working."

In a statement read at Liverpool Crown Court as Kirkpatrick was being sentenced, Mr Clague told how he had been left worried and anxious since the early morning break-in on December 22 last year and is now constantly checking doors are locked.

The back door of his home had inadvertently been left unlocked that fateful night and Kirkpatrick scaled an 8ft garden wall in order to let himself in.

Jailing Kirkpatrick, Judge Mark Brown said he was a "professional burglar who knew exactly what he was doing".

He said it was a planned raid and he took a knife from the kitchen intending to threaten anyone in the house.

Judge Brown then ordered that the police should write to Mr Clague congratulating him for his bravery.


David | |Clague said his reaction was 'more stupid than brave' Picture: GAVIN TRAFFORD
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 26, 2015
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