A young boy’s mother found him hiding under the quilt, too scared to get up in case an intruder who had gone into his bedroom in the middle of the night was still in the house.
And a judge heard that at the time burglar Piotr Kulewicz was on bail after burgling a ‘frail and vulnerable’ man’s flat while he was asleep on the sofa.
Kulewicz, 32, of George Street, Rugby, was jailed for two years and nine months after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to the two burglaries.
Prosecutor Jonathan Veasey-Pugh said that in September last year a man who was frail and vulnerable, after suffering a stroke two years earlier, was at home at his flat in Little Church Street, Rugby.
The man, who was in the habit of leaving his front door open for ventilation, was asleep on the sofa when Kulewicz and accomplice Robert Szumanski walked in.
The man woke to find them in his sitting room, and when he challenged them he was ordered to ‘shut the f*** up.’
Fortunately, as the intruders continued to shout at the occupier, one of his neighbours heard what was going on and called the police.
Kulewicz and Szumanski were still in the flat as officers arrived, and one of them was heard again telling their victim to shut up and demanding ‘f***ing tell us where it is.’
When officers went in and arrested them Kulewicz had their victim’s phone in his pocket, while Szumanski had taken a pair of trainers, said Mr Veasey-Pugh.
After being interviewed they were both granted bail; and after being told that Szumanski, 29, of no fixed address, has since absconded, the judge issued a warrant for his arrest.
In November, while he was on bail, Kulewicz burgled a house in Lytham Road, Rugby, during the night by getting in through a door which may have been inadvertently left unlocked.
Once inside he searched a number of rooms and began putting items together ready to take them with him when he left.
But the couple who lived there with their two children were disturbed when, after taking property from their 12-year-old son’s room, he put his head round the door to their room.
As the man got up to confront him, Kulewicz fled from the house, taking only the keys to their car which the police found in some ivy between the house and where they arrested him nearby.
Mr Veasey-Pugh added that when the boy’s mother went into his room to check on him, she found him hiding under the quilt, scared to get out of bed in case the intruder was still in the house.
Kevin Saunders, defending, said that two years after coming to this country from Poland, Kulewicz ‘has not got a penny to his name,’ having spent all his money on drink, and was ‘in drink’ when he committed the offences.
He lost his job and, as a result, his accommodation because of bail conditions imposed after the first burglary, and at the time of the second one ‘the only thing on his mind was to obtain more alcohol.’
Jailing Kulewicz, Judge Marten Coates told him: “You have pleaded guilty to two offences of burglary; and under our sentencing guidelines the first is regarded as more serious than the second.
“But when one looks at the facts, the position, in my view, is reversed. You were on bail, and this was the night-time burglary of an occupied house.
“A mother and her partner and two children were asleep, and you went into the bedroom occupied by the boy. He awoke and saw you, and I am told he has found the experience extremely frightening.”