Watch: Intruder sneaked into woman's house and fell asleep on her bed
Police have refused to prosecute an intruder caught breaking into a woman's home and sleeping on her bed before leaving, covered in blood.
CCTV in Caitlin Sullivan's bedroom captured the man breaking into her home in Sauchie, Scotland - and falling asleep in her bedroom.
The terrified mum, 22, was at a friend's house when she was alerted to movement in her bedroom by an app connected to a camera.
She examined the footage and was shocked to see the mystery sleeper climbing into the bed she shares with her baby.
As soon as she saw what was happening the part time carer called police and rushed home where she met officers.
The mystery sleeper was taken away but Sullivan says he was never arrested.
The intruder - who left the house covered in blood - then sent a message to the terrified mum on Facebook the following day, apologising and thanking her for letting him get some sleep.
She said she has only returned to her home this week, in order to clean, after the incident which took place on 29 August.
Sullivan, from Sauchie, Scotland, said: "I couldn't believe my eyes. I was so shocked - I didn't know who he was.
"I couldn't believe there was a man in my bed. I don't understand how he got into my house.
"I haven't been staying in the house since. I never want to go back to that house.
"It's the fact that both me and my little boy sleep in that bed. If I was there he would probably have climbed into my bed and slept next to me."
Sullivan says that the day after the break in she received a bizarre Facebook message from the man, apologising.
The message said: "To give you my sincere apologies, I don't keep well.
"Thank you for letting me put my head down for three hours, hope no harm was done."
He ended his message with "hope to meet you one day".
Sullivan said she doesn't understand how the man found her name and is planning to move home as she is too scared to return.
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She said: "I phoned the police and they just told me to block him.
"Who is to say he won't come back? He has not been punished for it so he might do it again.
"I am scared to stay in my house now because of my little boy.
"My neighbours said the man was trying to get into my house the night before around 10pm - he was seen screaming and shouting."
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 9am on Tuesday, 29 August, 2023, officers were called to a report of someone within a house on Rosebank, Sauchie.
"Officers attended and after being able to gain entry to the property spoke to the person within.
"No criminality was established and the complainer was spoken to. Police have received no further complaints or reports in relation to this incident.”
What is the law on defending myself from an intruder in my home?
You can use reasonable force to protect yourself or others if a crime is taking place inside your home. According to guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) you can protect yourself "in the heat of the moment" - which includes using an object as a weapon. You can also stop an intruder from running off - for example by tackling them to the ground
There is no specific definition of "reasonable force" - it depends on the circumstances. If you only did what you honestly thought was necessary at the time, the CPS and Government website section on crime and justice, this would provide strong evidence that you acted within the law.
Read more: Using reasonable force against intruders (Gov.uk)