Postman Glen Holden jailed for stealing underwear from Dorset homes

Pervert postman, 58, who broke his foot when woman customer pushed him off ladder as he tried to climb into her bedroom to steal her underwear is jailed for eight months

  • Postman Glen Holden stole the underwear of customers on his round in Dorset
  • The 58-year-old dressed up in black clothes and a beanie hat while in action 
  • A woman saw him climbing in a window at 1am and pushed him off his ladder
  • Holden  has jailed for eight months by Bournemouth Crown Court 

A perverted postman who broke his foot when a terrified woman pushed him off a ladder as he tried to climb into a bedroom to steal underwear has been jailed.

Glen Holden developed a twisted fetish to take the underwear of customers he befriended during 30 years of delivering letters to them.

Using the cover of darkness, the 58-year-old divorcee dressed up SAS-style in black clothing and a beanie hat with a head torch to carry out the bizarre acts.

He was jailed for eight months following his conviction for burglary at Bournemouth Crown Court 

Dorset postman Glen Holden developed a twisted fetish to take the underwear of customers he befriended during 30 years of delivering letters to them.

Holden, pictured centre, was jailed for eight months at Bournemouth Crown Court

The court heard Holden dressed all in black and carried and extendable ladder to access the houses while his victims were sleeping. Holden used the underwear for his own sexual gratification before washing and returning the garments to his victim

He carried with him an extendable ladder and used the knowledge of his victims’ homes to climb through their bedroom windows.

His exploits were cut short when one woman caught him in the act at 1am and shoved him off his ladder as he attempted to climb through a first floor window.

The hapless postman plummeted 20ft into the front garden before getting up and hobbling off into the night.

He was seen by a witness and police arrested him five days later, by which time his left leg was in a cast.

Holden limped into court on crutches to be sentenced for two counts of burglary relating to two incidents at Manor Road and King’s Road in Sherborne, Dorset.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard that Holden had confessed to entering several properties to steal underwear for sexual gratification. He said he then washed the stolen garments and snuck back into the homes to return it.

Arthea Brooks, prosecuting, said: ‘He was a postal worker and he knew the area well. He knew the owners of the properties and delivered to them.

‘He made it plain that his intention had been to steal underwear, that it is a compulsion that he suffers from that he takes underwear which he uses for sexual gratification then washes it and returns it.

‘He explained that his victims knew him.

‘The first incident occurred on Manor Road at around 1:30am.

‘The victim and her partner were asleep when something caused her to wake with a start. They checked the house but couldn’t see anyone.

‘She noticed a moving white light through a glass door.

‘In the spare room the door was open and the bed had been moved as had the drawers with her daughter’s clothes.

‘She realised there was a ladder propped up against the window. It was an extendable ladder. It had been brought to the scene by the defendant.

‘In the second incident the victim was house-sitting at a property on King’s Road.

‘She had been aware of some noise. She got up and went to the front window to see if there was someone outside.

‘When she moved to the window she could see someone trying to climb in. She was in fear and shock.

Bournemouth Crown Court, pictured, heard Holden hobbled off after being pushed from the ladder and was arrested five days later when police found his leg had been put in a cast as a result of his injury

‘She pushed him away but quickly tried to grab his arm to stop him from falling – but of course he did and that fall caused him to fracture his foot.

‘The defendant limped to the car and left the scene.’

When police arrived at the scene a short time later, they found that the defendant had left the ladder and a head torch behind.

In victim impact statements read to the court, the women said they had felt he had ‘betrayed their trust’ as they thought he was a ‘happy and reliable’ postman.

The first woman said she had known him for ten years and would ‘regularly chat to him’.

She said: ‘I always thought of Glen as an honest, reliable, and happy man. I am just incredulous.’

In his police interview Holden said he had never intended to hurt anyone.

He said: ‘It is like I am acting out of myself – like a second person. I am just going to have to man up and take the hit for what I have done. My life is worthless.’

Timothy Bradbury, defending, said his client had a ‘compulsive desire’ to steal underwear but that he did not believe anybody was at home at the properties he targeted.

He said: ‘Not only did he admit the offences himself, he volunteered the motive behind these offences. He was exposing himself to the obvious humiliation of what he had done.

‘That suggests that the admissions he made were genuine. Mr Holden could not have done more than he has done to demonstrate how he has taken steps to address his offending behaviour.’

He explained that the defendant, who suffers from PTSD, OCD, adjustment disorder, and anxiety disorder, had been ‘shamed’ in his local community.

Judge Jonathan Fuller KC sentenced Holden to eight months imprisonment.

He explained how the defendant began by snatching women’s underwear from washing lines before washing them and returning them.

He went on: ‘What is of concern is that you took the deliberate decision to escalate the means by which you would achieve your aims, namely by equipping yourself with the means to avoid detection and access people’s premises.

‘This was a major escalation. You would have been fully aware of the consequences of breaking into people’s houses at night. You chose to take that risk’.

Holden, from Sherborne, pleaded guilty to the two charges of burglary.

A Royal Mail spokesperson confirmed Holden no longer works for them.

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