A man armed with a knife got more than he bargained for after the victim scared him off with a baseball bat.
Dean Rodman tapped on the window of the 69-year-old man s home in Coppins Road, Clacton, at about 9.50pm on June 29, 2016.
Thinking it was a relative who was due to visit that evening, the victim opened the door and immediately realised it was not him.
Rodman, who was holding a large kitchen knife, walked into the property without permission.
The frightened victim picked up a baseball bat from his bedroom and challenged the intruder, who dropped the knife and ran off.
Rodman, 36, unemployed, of London Road, Clacton, was arrested later that evening.
He appeared at Colchester Magistrates Court on July 1 to face charges of threatening a person with a blade in a public place and failing or refusing to provide a sample for a class A drug test.
He pleaded guilty to both charges and was jailed for 20 months when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on July 29 for sentencing.
Speaking after the hearing, investigating officer Detective Constable Derek Lee, of Clacton CID, said: “This was an extremely frightening experience for the victim, who was at home alone and was confronted with a complete stranger holding a knife on his doorstep.
“It is not known why Rodman went to the address as he refused to answer questions during interview.