John Michael Kirby told English police that aliens had told him to burgle his mum’s house when he was arrested for burgling the homes of two members of his own family.

He claimed the aliens told him to go into his mother’s home in Middlesbrough. He also said the extra-terrestrials told him to give stolen food to the homeless, Teesside Crown Court heard.

The invader smashed a window and stole food, aftershave and toiletries from his uncle’s home in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough.

His uncle, who was at work at the time of the June 6 burglary, had felt sorry for Kirby and given him £2 three days earlier when he was looking for money for utility bills.

Bailed pending police inquiries, Kirby burgled his mother’s home on June 27, shortly after asking her for money. He left his fingerprints at the scene.

Both Kirby’s mother and uncle said they’d had trouble with him stealing from them before.

He had never been inside his mother’s house after stealing from her to buy drugs, the court was told.

He made full admissions in police interviews, where he said aliens had told him to enter his mother’s house and give the food to the homeless.

Kirby, 29, of no fixed address, admitted the two burglaries. He had previous convictions for burglary more than 10 years ago but there had been a nine-year gap in his record.

Kirby represented himself in court, despite being warned by the judge that he could be imprisoned for his crimes.

When asked whether there was anything he wanted to say about the offending, he said: “No, thank you.”

The judge, Recorder William Lowe QC, said it was a serious matter but gave Kirby full credit for his guilty pleas.

He jailed Kirby for 12 months, of which he will serve half.

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