A serial burglar has been incarcerated for nine years after spraying a 90-year-old woman with hot chilli sauce during a break-in.
Mohammed Nawaz broke into the pensioner’s property in the Hall Green area of Birmingham on Aug. 26, West Midlands Police said. For the second time in his long criminal career, he has searched a house this way.
The 52-year-old targeted his victim because he believed she was home alone.
And he has a real track record in the field – with 36 previous convictions for burglary, robbery and theft.
But without knowing him, the pensioner’s son was there by the time Nawaz walked in and he confronted the robber.
Police said the defendant squirted the mixture of hot chili sauce and water from a rinse bottle on both victims.
He temporarily blinded the 49-year-old son – before he ran away empty-handed.
But it didn’t stop there.
A member of the public was also attacked with the substance after grabbing Nawaz in the street.
Others managed to hold him until police arrested him on suspicion of an attempted break-in.
The officers later charged Nawaz with the crime and three cases of the administration of a harmful substance.
He was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for nine years and a month on Friday after admitting all charges.
Police said Nawaz was jailed in 2010 for a similar crime.
On that occasion, he broke into a 93-year-old’s home in Sparkhill and splashed a substance on their faces before stealing items.
Investigator Detective Constable Arita Chonkria said, “We believe Nawaz saw the woman as an easy target, someone to fool or steal quickly, but he didn’t expect her son to be in the house.
“This was a shocking ordeal for the woman and her son, but luckily neither was seriously injured. And I hope you can take comfort in the fact that the perpetrator has been imprisoned for several years.
“I would also like to thank the man who attacked Nawaz when he tried to run away. It is very much appreciated – thank you, and we will try to officially recognize his efforts when our Post Covid Force Awards program comes back up and running. “