When a man heard a window being smashed while he was in the bath, he ran downstairs without putting any clothes on and confronted intruder Neil Reid.
Although Reid was detained by his naked victim, he got away when the man went to get his phone and to put some clothes on – but was arrested a week later.
And at Warwick Crown Court Reid was jailed for 28 months.
Reid, 34, of School Road, Wolston, pleaded guilty to burgling the house in Main Street, Brandon, in November last year, with intent to steal.
Prosecutor Charles Gardner said that on November 22 the householder was in the bath at 8.45am when he heard a smash downstairs. He go out of the bath without putting any clothes on. Downstairs he found Reid in the kitchen. The naked man grabbed Reid and dragged him into the living room where he noticed Reid had a screwdriver in his pocket, so took it from him.
The man went to put some clothes on and get his phone but when he came back downstairs he saw Reid disappearing out of the window.
Reid was arrested a week later and denied the offence, but the householder picked him out on an identity parade.
Mr Gardner added that Reid had previous convictions for burglary and would be facing a minimum three-year sentence, subject to a discount for his early guilty plea.
David Murray, defending, said: “It was perhaps not the strongest case, but he indicated that he felt so bad about the confrontation that he wanted to plead guilty.”
Mr Murray said that overnight before the break-in Reid, whose partner recently gave birth to their youngest child, had been drinking on top of taking medication for depression, which he suffers from as a result of an ordeal in his childhood.
Judge Sylvia de Bertodano said: “That man came down and found you in the kitchen with a screwdriver, clearly intending to take his property.
“You cannot overestimate how frightening it would be to find someone in your house. You know what it’s like to have a difficult childhood, and I’m sure what you want for your children is for them to have a happy life – and they want someone they can look up to and respect.”
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