Man in underpants burst into OAP’s house claiming ‘tidal wave was about to hit’


A man high on drugs burst into an elderly woman’s house and caused hundreds of pounds of damage – because he feared ‘a tidal wave was about to hit’, a court was told.

Shocked Frieda Brown, aged 89, was watching television at her Doncaster home when Peter Butler, of Ashburnham Gardens, Sprotbrough, burst into her bungalow through her patio doors. He was wearing just his socks and boxer shorts, Doncaster Magistrates’ Court was told.

Butler, aged 27, who was also wet and extremely muddy at the time of the incident on April 18, came in shouting: “There’s a tidal wave! A tidal wave is going to get us.”

Graham Measures, prosecuting, told the court: “Mrs Brown asked him to show her the problem to try and get him out of the house.

“He then pushed her into the wall and went into her living room, and smashed over her sideboard, breaking sentimental glassware to a value of around £600.”

The court was told that prior to the incident, Butler, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia which is exacerbated by drug use, had taken around £5 worth of amphetamines.

Magistrates’ sentenced Butler to eight weeks in prison and ordered him to repay £600.