‘Did I frighten you?’: What Zimbabwean asylum seeking burglar asked woman after she found him on her stairs

A burglar who asked a woman ‘Did I frighten you ?’ during a raid on her home is behind bars again.

Talbert Maphosa, 27, TheZimbabwenewslive
Talbert Maphosa, 27

Zimbabwean asylum seeker Talbert Maphosa, 27, was part way up the stairs in her home when she came face-to-face with him.

They recognised each other as neighbours on a Middlesbrough estate, and he said that he wanted to talk to her.

She told him got get out and he left.

Prosecutor Rachel Masters told Teesside Crown Court that the woman was asleep at home on March 27 when she woke up and heard a noise from her dining room downstairs.

She heard the curtains moving and footsteps on the wooden floor, and she saw Maphosa on the stairs three steps up from the bottom.

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Miss Masters said that the woman got up again at 6.30am to let her dogs out and she saw him standing outside her front door.

“He said ‘Did I frighten you ?’ And she said that he had. When Maphosa was interviewed he said that he could not remember where he had been in the early hours.

Duncan McReddie, defending, said that it had taken some time for Maphosa to come to terms with his actions that day.

He said that Maphosa entered the house in Greencroft Walk, Park End, Middlesbrough , through an already broken window by removing a board.

Mr McReddie said that Maphosa was a third-striker for domestic burglaries and he faced the minimum three year jail sentence with a reduction for his guilty plea.

Maphosa was jailed for two-and-a-half years in 2014 after burgling a taxi driver’s house – but claiming he was too small to drive a car away from the scene.

And in 2009 he was sent to a young offenders institution for robbery after he threatened to stab a 13-year-old boy before taking his bike.

Sentencing him for the latest offence, Judge Tony Briggs told him: “This was an unpleasant business.

“You got into a house occupied by a woman on her own. You were both known to each other, there was no violence.”

Maphosa, of Penrith Road, Middlesbrough, was jailed for 876 days after he pleaded guilty to domestic burglary with intent to steal.-gazettelive.co.uk