Woman phoned 'friend' after burglary, but 'friend' was the burglar
A WOMAN who called her new “friend” after being burgled discovered he was not only responsible for that burglary but also let two violent robbers into her bedroom as she slept.
Natalie Williams, then 25, returned to her home at Nicholl Street in Swansea at 3am on May 2, 2012 and discovered she had been burgled.
The only person she knew in Swansea was Bob Spiller so she called him to come to her address, not knowing he was responsible for the burglary hours earlier where underwear, medication and her laptop had been taken.
After Spiller arrived she put her pyjamas on and got into bed and Spiller told her he would check the door was locked.
Instead he unlocked it, allowing robbers Elliot Truelove and Jordan Berry inside. They used a lump hammer to threaten her for her handbag.
The prosecution still cannot confirm whether it was Truelove or Berry who threatened Miss Williams with the hammer, but both have already been sentenced to six year terms in prison.
Spiller’s sentence for robbery and burglary has been delayed after medical reports were ordered about his mental health.
Throughout their incident on Miss Williams, Spiller did not inflict any violence, but he stood by and watched, prosecutor John Hipkin said.
Miss Williams said she was “absolutely terrified” during the attack.
Spiller, aged 31, of Matthew Street, Swansea, has previous convictions for assault and actual bodily harm.
A prosecution and defence psychiatrist were called to court to give evidence about Spiller’s mental health.
They both agreed he should be admitted to a secure hospital for treatment rather than jailed.
One doctor said he would have been suffering from his psychotic illness for many years but it had become more obvious because of his drug and drink use.
Judge Christopher Vosper, sitting at Swansea Crown Court, said Miss Williams had called on him because she “viewed you as a friend”.
He said he would make a hospital order but had heard evidence that Spiller’s mental state had improved drastically since his treatment had been recently altered.