Man guilty of forcing way into Whitehaven family home


A 24 year old man has today been found guilty of using violence to secure entry into an address on Muncaster Road, Hensingham, Whitehaven on 29th February 2016.

Paul O'Pray forced his way into the house where a husband and wife were present after knocking on the front door shortly after midnight.

Pamela Fee, Senior Crown Prosecutor for North West CPS said: "This was a terrifying incident for the elderly homeowners who answered the door to a stranger shortly after midnight in February this year.

"When the husband opened the door, Paul O'Pray was stood on the door step and appeared to be heavily intoxicated.  O'Pray stated his intentions were to get into the house and despite being told repeatedly that he was not welcome and being physically pushed away, O'Pray burst into the house, throwing punches and forced the homeowner backwards up the hallway.

"The husband, who was in fear of his safety and that of his wife, defended himself with a penknife from his pocket which he had been using earlier.  O'Pray eventually left the house.  Police officers tracked him to his home nearby a short time later and he remained violent and tried to fight the police officers who arrested him.

"Paul O'Pray has shown no remorse for carrying out this violent and traumatising offence throughout the case but today after hearing the evidence against him, the Magistrates have found him guilty. Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in their own homes and the Crown Prosecution Service is dedicated towards bringing those people who commit such offences to justice."