A girl, aged just six, urgently warned her mum of a burglar who was about to enter their property.
The brave daughter spoke out after Kelly Price climbed over the fence of her and her mum’s home.
Leicester Crown Court has heard how the little girl raised the alarm saying: “Mummy, there’s a lady in the back garden'”
The mum then confronted price in the doorway of her kitchen and escorted her off the premises, LeicestershireLive reports.
Price claimed she was being chased by a man, but sneakily helped herself to a mobile phone, which had been left charging on the kitchen counter of the home in Alma Street, Newfound Pool, Leicester, at 6.30pm on Wednesday July 29.
The victim’s husband rang his wife on the way home from work and ended up talking to Price, who answered the call.
She claimed she had just bought the handset and offered to re-sell it for £35.
Katrina Wilson, prosecuting, told Leicester Crown Court: “He took her up on the offer.”
They arranged to meet at the Lidl car park on Fosse Road North, in the city.
When the husband arrived, he took a photograph of the defendant.
Miss Wilson said: “There was an argument about ownership of the phone and he made a grab for it.”
She threw it under a parked van and her bag fell to the floor causing a bottle of alcohol inside to break – which the defendant then picked up and pointed it at him.”
She threatened: “If you come near me I’ll hurt you.’
“I know your wife and I know your home.”
The prosecutor said the defendant ran off leaving the man “shaken up”, but he recovered the phone.
Police then found Price nearby and arrested her.
When interviewed, the defendant, of Astill Drive, Mowmacre Hill, Leicester, insisted she had just bought the phone.
She told the officers “I’m not a dishonest person.”
Price has 79 offences on her criminal record, which were mostly thefts and burglaries, Miss Wilson said.
Sentencing, Judge Ebrahim Mooncey said: “You went to someone’s garden where there were children playing and one of them alerted her mother.
“You helped yourself to a phone from within the house, which makes it a burglary when occupants were present.
“No doubt the mother and children will remember it for a long time and feel they have to be careful in their own back garden
“Your behaviour towards the father, who wanted the phone back, is very concerning.”
James Varley, mitigating, said: “This isn’t a typical burglary and was clearly committed in desperation by putting her hand through a doorway to take something from the counter.
“She says she was being threatened by a man about a £20 debt.
“Happily, her relationship with him has broken up.”
Mr Varley said that Price, a mother of six, had a “miserable existence” due to bad choices, particularly relating to drugs and alcohol and suffered from poor mental health.
He added: “She’s come to the conclusion that life in Leicester for her is toxic and dangerous and she plans to live with her mother in Birmingham when she’s released.
“She’s been on remand in custody and is now clean of drugs and desperate to maintain that position.”
Price, who had wept in the dock when she pleaded guilty to the burglary, was jailed for six months.
She was not prosecuted for making threats, but was placed on a three year restraining order, banning her from going within 100 metres of Alma Street.