Burglar told couple his life story then went to toilet
A BURGLAR who confronted a couple in their home told them his life story and then used the bathroom.
Lewis Davis, 28, went upstairs and the resident found him sitting on the toilet, Plymouth Crown Court was told. Only minutes before he had tried to get into an elderly woman’s house nearby.
His barrister said the offences were “very odd” and were committed while he was on a mixture of alcohol and Valium.
Recorder Francis Abbott said: “It is not generally perceived by people committing these offences that it terrifies people to find someone in their own house. It is unspeakable and anybody who has been through it knows what it is like.”
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He jailed Davis, who has previous convictions for burglary, for two years.
Davis, of North Road West, admitted taking a gold ladies watch and necklace of an unknown value from Bernice Terrace in Lipson on November 9. He further admitted at Plymouth Crown Court to attempting to enter another home in that street as a trespasser with intent to steal.
Alistair Verheijen, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said a 71-year-old woman heard a noise while watching television at about 7pm on November 9. He said she went to her kitchen to find a window open and Davis leaning on the sill. The court heard the pensioner had left the window closed. Mr Verheijen added that he ran away and she called the police.
He added that straight afterwards Davis burgled the home of a 24-year-old woman.
Mr Verheijen said she was in the kitchen with her partner when they heard a man upstairs.
He added: “They went to investigate and saw the bedroom light on. They called the police and as they did so they saw this defendant walking down the stairs. He actually apologised for being there.”
Mr Verheijen said Davis told them he wanted to use the toilet. He added: “He gave them a potted history of his life, went back upstairs and they found him sitting on the toilet.”
Police arrived and found Davis had the woman’s watch and necklace on him.
Mr Verheijen said the woman gave a statement to police saying she was now “scared to be in her own house”.
The court heard Davis had convictions going back to when he was a youth, including several domestic burglaries and a malicious wounding. Piers Norsworthy, for Davis, said he had no money after being released from prison for his latest sentence. He added the burglaries were “very odd” and committed on a mixture of Valium and alcohol.
Mr Norsworthy said he was remorseful and determined to stop offending.
He added he had resorted to the drugs after hearing his grandfather had died.