A violent career criminal has been jailed for breaking into a house on New Year’s Eve.
Paul Busuttil, 37, was returned to prison for two years, nine months for his latest spate of offending during which he trashed a woman’s home and stole a TV during a fall-out over money.
Leeds Crown Court heard Busuttil used a metal pole to force open a window at the property on Ring Road, Crossgates, before stealing a watch, digital camera and a sat nav.
Busuttil was later linked to the offence after his blood was found in a bedroom.
He was released on bail but committed further offences in March during a dispute with a woman he had done building work for at her home on Foundry Mill Gardens, Seacroft, Leeds.
Christopher Moran, prosecuting, said the woman returned home to find her property has been “completely trashed”. Plaster board had been pulled from the walls and paint was thrown over kitchen surfaces. A television had also been taken from the property.
In a separate incident Busuttil punched and kicked his ex-girlfriend’s new partner after seeing her with him outside a pub. Bussutil, now of Nursery Grove, Bridlington, pleaded guilty to burglary, criminal damage, theft, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and breach of a non-molestation order.
Graham Parkin, mitigating, said his client had mental health problems but had been working hard to address the issues while in custody.
Referring to the burglary offence, Recorder Mark McKone said: “It was particularly mean to break into someone’s home on New Year’s Eve.”