A rail fanatic and his spouse tackled a butter knife-wielding burglar who tried to steal a prized assortment of mannequin trains, a courtroom heard.
John Headington, 85, and his 57-year-old spouse Susan sat on Robert Barnes to restrain him after the break-in.
Lincoln Crown Courtroom heard Barnes used a brick to smash his manner into the home whereas the couple slept on 20 November.
Barnes, 28, admitted housebreaking and possession of a bladed article and was jailed for 2 years and 4 months.
The courtroom heard Mrs Headington was woken by the sound of Barnes, of no fastened tackle, breaking in by the kitchen door of the Lincolnshire house.
Two hip replacements
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, mentioned she noticed a lightweight on in an upstairs room the place her husband saved his mannequin railway assortment and determined to ring the police.
Former railway employee Mr Headington, who has had two hip replacements, managed to get Barnes in a bear hug as he emerged from the room carrying a few of his most dear mannequin trains.
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Mr Scott mentioned: “Barnes barged previous Mr Headington who fell backwards towards the touchdown wall.
“As Barnes continued down the steps he ripped the cellphone from Mrs Headington however then fell down and rolled on to the ground.
“Mrs Headington sat on Barnes and was joined by her husband.”
Decide Simon Hirst described the couple’s bravery as “exceptional”, whereas the courtroom heard Barnes had no reminiscence of occasions after consuming closely.
The choose mentioned Barnes “took extremely sentimental gadgets and broken them past restore”, and condemned him for “barging previous an 85-year-old man”.