Jail for burglar who targeted home of ‘frail and vulnerable’ Rugby man in Little Church Street

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A second man who burgled a ‘frail and vulnerable’ man’s flat while he as asleep on the sofa has been jailed.

Robert Szumanski appeared at Warwick Crown Court after being arrested on a warrant which had been issued when he failed to turn up for an earlier hearing.

Szumanski, 29, of no fixed address, was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to the burglary.

The court heard 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 Szumanski and Piotr Kulewicz 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.

Szumanski and Kulewicz 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 prosecutor Jonathan Veasey-Pugh.

Jailing Szumanski, Judge Richard Griffith-Jones said he saw no reason to distinguish between him and Kulewicz, who had been sentenced a few days earlier.

Kulewicz, 32, of George Street, Rugby, was jailed for two years for that burglary, with a consecutive nine-month term for a later burglary committed while he was on bail.