A drunken man who carried out two burglaries on his way home from a party has been jailed.
A court heard that one of Adrian Robinson’s home raids saw a terrified woman wake in the middle of the night to find him in her bedroom, leaning over her as he searched for things to steal.
And although the court was told that Robinson had been on a drinking binge before he committed the burglaries, a judge said that was no consolation to the victims of his crimes.
Leeds Crown Court heard Robinson first climbed into the conservatory of a house in Brookhill Close, Shadwell, Leeds.
He took cushion covers off “presumably intending to carry off anything he could steal,” Jonathan Sharp prosecuting told the court.
In an attempt to get into upstairs rooms he climbed onto the conservatory roof.
But before he could make his way inside, he was seen by the occupier and ran off, jumping a fence into a neighbour’s garden.
A short time later a woman sleeping in her flat in nearby Shadwell Lane woke to find him leaning over her in bed grabbing her computer tablet.
She screamed to her husband and Robinson once again fled, this time making his escape through the bathroom window of the house he had targeted.
Police were able to track him down through evidence he had left at the scenes, the court was told.
At both houses, he left blood behind which led to his identification through DNA.
Because of his previous burglary convictions, the court was told that Robinson was liable for a minimum sentence.
Richard Reed representing Robinson said he was disappointed with himself for being back in court for burglary.
It was the first time he had been in court for that type of offence since 2007.
The court heard he had fallen out with his girlfriend and had subsequently returned to live with his mother.
Mr Reed said he was also depressed on the anniversary of his brother’s death in 2008 and so had started drinking.
Mr Reed added: “These offences came at the end of a three day drinking binge and his recollection of events is poor.
He added: “Both these properties were on his way home from where he had been partying.”
Robinson, 35, of Hilton Road, Leeds, admitted both burglaries on July 21 and was jailed for 40 months.
Sentencing him Judge Neil Clark said: “These were unpleasant offences even if committed in drink which is no consolation to those burgled.
The judge added: “People are entitled to feel safe and secure in their own homes.”