A burglar who broke into a woman’s home and stayed there for two days has been jailed for 18 months.
27 year-old Mareks Burkevics broken into the home in Deeside, North Wales, stole various items, including jewellery and a camera, but then decided to stay on for a couple of days. When the homeowner returned to her home, she was shocked to find Burkevics in the bedroom dressed in her black bra, knickers, tights and white silk top.
Passing sentence at Mold Crown Court, Judge Rhys Rowlands dismissed Burkevics’s excuse for wearing the lingerie: “I note what he had to say about why he was wearing her clothes. I do not accept that he was wearing them to afford him some warmth. This is a very unpleasant burglary and a particularly unsettling offence.”
The court had heard how the woman knew the Latvian and had given him clothes and meals in the past because she was sympathetic towards his drug problem; she was staying with her parents and had popped back for some belongings when she discovered the intruder.
Jonathan Austin for the Prosecution said: “They found the defendant hiding under a mattress, between the bed and a wall. He refused to come out. They moved the bed and took hold of him. He was uncooperative and had to be handcuffed. Officers noted that he was dressed in female clothing. He was wearing a white silk top, black knickers, black tights and a bra.”
Burkevics pleaded guilty to burglary. His defending barrister said he was sorry for his crime and needed “psychiatric help.”