Gorebridge guesthouse vandal sent to jail

Edinburgh Sheriff Court
Edinburgh Sheriff Court

A drunk who broke into a guesthouse and was found half-naked on a bed surrounded by knives has been jailed for six months.

Jude Anderson, (32), had no idea how he ended up in Gorebridge – ten miles from his Niddrie home – hours after drinking heavily at a party and having an argument with his wife.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how Anderson caused £3,000 of damage to the self-catering property at Ivory House before falling asleep in his underpants with knives beside him.

He was discovered by horrified landlady Barbara Maton who had to force her way into the room because Anderson – also known as Cattell – had barricaded the door.

B&B owner Mr Maton previously told how Anderson’s break-in on July 20 was one of the most bizarre” incidents to have happened since the coachhouse launched two decades ago. The 70-year-old welcomed the sheriff’s sentence.

Mr Maton said: “If they can do something for [Anderson], then so much the better. I hope he gets some form of treatment.”

Mr and Mrs Maton had just four days to repair the 
substantial damage to the property, as they had a booking the following weekend.

They believe the unwelcome intruder sneaked into the house while the housekeeper was cleaning, before creeping into an empty bedroom.

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