A BURGLAR found hiding in a woman’s bedroom was wearing her knickers, bra, tights and a silk top.
Mareks Burkevics, 27, had made himself at home at her Deeside flat and had been living there for at least two days.
Mold Crown Court heard her clothes were strewn around the property and had clearly been worn.
Judge Rhys Rowlands, who described the burglary as “particularly unsettling”, said he did not accept Burkevics’ claim in interview that he had put the garments on simply to keep warm.
Burkevics, of no fixed address, admitted on February 4 he burgled the flat in Connah’s Quay High Street and stole electrical goods, jewellery and personal items including her engagement ring and a camera and memory card which contained irreplaceable photographs of her daughter’s first Christmas.
He was jailed for 18 months.
The court heard the victim and her partner had helped Burkevics – who had a drug problem – and in the past had given him meals and clothes.
Her partner had been jailed and she and her daughter moved out and went to live with her parents in Cheshire. In February she returned with her father to pick up belongings.
But as soon as she entered she realised things were not right.
There was a teddy on the stairs and she believed her flat had been ransacked because it was so untidy.
Police were called and officers found the kettle was still hot.
Fearing the intruder may still be on the premises, they searched the flat.
Jonathan Austin, prosecuting, said in the bedroom they found Burkevics hiding under a mattress, between the bed and a wall.
“He refused to come out,” Mr Austin said. “They moved the bed and took hold of him. He was un-cooperative and had to be handcuffed.
“Officers noted that he was dressed in female clothing. He was wearing a white silk top, black knickers, black tights and a bra.”
The clothes were identified as hers by the victim, who found other clothes and underclothes left around the flat and having been worn.
She was particularly concerned at what had been going on and moved home because she did not want to return to the flat again.
A photograph of herself had been moved to a table and was next to a pornographic magazine.
“She felt very uneasy about what he had been doing,” said Mr Austin.
Items including a television satellite receiver were taken over a two-day period along with the other items of great sentimental value.
He initially claimed he had been given a key to the flat by her boyfriend and given consent to stay. But that was not true, Mr Austin said.
Asked about the way he was dressed at the time, Burkevics said he found the clothes outside in a bin and used them to keep warm. But the victim recognised them as hers.
Mr Rowlands described it as a worrying case and said he understood why the victim was so distraught.
“I note what he had to say about why he was wearing her clothes. I do not accept that he was wearing them to afford him some warmth,” he said.
“This is a very unpleasant burglary.”
Burkevics had broken in, tried to make himself at home and when arrested was wearing some of her underwear.
“This was a deeply upsetting and discomforting experience for her, such, that she has no wish to return to her own home,” Mr Rowlands added.
John Hedgecoe, defending, said Burkevics pleaded guilty on the day of his intended trial and had demonstrated considerable remorse.
He was concerned drugs he had taken had affected him mentally and he was anxious to receive psychiatric help. Burkevics wanted to put down roots and find employment.
“He understands he put this woman and her young family in a very difficult situation by what he did,” said Mr Hedgecoe.