A 75-year-old Dundee woman screamed in terror after a bare-chested man high on drugs battered at her front door with a large stone.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard the culprit, Daniel Montague, 23, then wandered uninvited into the home of another pensioner last week at Gilmour Place.
Retired nurse Lillian Kean has recalled the ordeal.
She said: “I was busy singing away to myself doing my washing at the time when all of a sudden I heard this thump I thought ‘what in the heavens is going on here’?
“I saw him at the door and I phoned the police straight away and I must admit they were very good.
“I just stood in the hallway and screamed at him to go away, but it was like I wasn’t saying anything at all, the words weren’t registering. He was hammering at the door, it was very frightening. I’m worried about any noises I hear now, but I’m a very independent person and I’ve got to get through this.”
Fiscal depute Kirsten Thomson told the court a number of residents noticed the accused, who was bare chested and appeared to be under the influence of drugs, in the area.
She added: “One resident, a 75-year-old lady, heard a loud bang to her front door.
“She looked out of the window and saw the accused standing at her door with a large stone in his hand. She was extremely frightened and went into the hallway and could see him standing at the door. He continued to bang on the door repeatedly. She was clearly terrified by this as she started to scream.”
The court heard that around 4pm, a second woman, aged 76, was approached in her home in the same cul-de-sac. Ms Thomson said the woman heard her door open and the accused walked in. She spoke to him and ushered him out.
Solicitor Anika Jethwa, defending, said: “He is a drug addict and on a methadone programme.
“With regards to the offence, he had taken Valium because he was using that as a means to help with his mental health problems but he knows now he cannot do that. He is shocked and appalled by his behaviour.”
Montague, of Pitalpin Court, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner on June 11. Sentence was deferred until July 7.