Mum-of three Coleen told a court how break-in left her in deep fear

It should be a time of festive cheer and joy all-round, but yesterday Coleen Rooney – wife of footballer Wayne Rooney – was in court reliving one of the most scary night’s of her life.

The mum-of-three opened up about how she was terrified to be home alone and feared for her children playing in the garden, since a burglar – dressed in black and carrying cable-ties – broke into the couple’s mansion while they were out watching Wayne play.

In a victim impact statement read at Chester Crown Court, Coleen said: ‘Just after it happened it caused us sleepless nights, waking up and watching security cameras fearing someone was out there.

‘I fear for my children playing outside on their own.

‘It knocks me sick that someone was creeping around the garden in the daylight.’

Poor Col- how horrid is that!


Coleen said she and the family, including the couple’s sons Kai, Klay and Kit, had been at Wayne’s Old Trafford testimonial against Everton last August for what was meant to be a ‘night of celebration’, but she had returned home to find the house full of police.

She said: ‘I’m just happy the children were asleep and didn’t have to see what was going on.’

She said it caused anxiety when her husband was away and she no longer felt comfortable in the home unless a friend or family member was with her.


The burglar, Robert McNamara – who has now been sentenced to two years and eight months following admitting to the crime – had entered the grounds of the family’s home at about 8.30pm and had activated the perimeter alarm system.

CCTV showed him walking around the grounds, with his face covered by a balaclava, and trying a door handle.

The court heard police searching the grounds later found a rucksack, containing items including cable ties, black tape, a head torch and a balaclava, which had his DNA on it. It was thought at the time, that Robert had travelled 150 miles to the Rooney’s £6million mansion in a suspected kidnap bit.

Let’s hope Col is feeling a bit better now he’s behind bars!