Lincoln burglar confronted by victim in student house raid
A burglar found himself confronted by his victim when he raided a student house, Lincoln Crown Court was told.
Mantas Stupelis was on bail for house burglary when he entered the rented property in Ripon Street, Lincoln.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said the only remaining occupant of the multi-occupancy house was about to move out at the end of his studies.
The man was playing computer games downstairs when he heard a creaking noise and went to investigate.
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Mr Scott said: “The victim went into the hallway and challenged the defendant who ran back up the staircase.
“The victim tried to grab the defendant but was unable to stop him. The defendant threw the bag he was holding and it hit the victim in the chest. He then ran into a bedroom, climbed out of a window and ran off.”
Stupelis was arrested after his fingerprints were found.
Stupelis, 22, of Portland Street, Lincoln, admitted burglary at Ripon Street on May 22. He also admitted burglary of a house in St Andrews Place, Lincoln, on March 3. He was jailed for 30 months.
Judge Michael Heath told him: “There must be immediate custodial sentences for these offences.”
Gordon Aspden, defending, said Stupelis had limited intelligence and drink and drug problems.