A St Asaph man who targeted a pensioner’s home and a pub in two break-ins has been jailed for nine years.
Ynyr Ial Lewis previously denied aggravated burglary at the Rhyl home of a 72 year-old bed-ridden man with cancer and a burglary at The Harbour in Kinmel Bay. He changed his plea to guilty before he was due to go on trial this week.
Two other men, Paul Wood (41) and Chad Daniels (27) from Rhyl, were cleared of all charges after prosecutors offered no case to answer.
Mold Crown Court heard Lewis claimed he was part of a gang of three who ransacked the pensioner’s home last December while carrying poles and a knife. One of the men involved believed he had a large amount of money in his home.
The men found the pensioner in the bedroom and a struggle ensued – a neighbour tried to intervene but was hit on the head and needed 12 stitches. The gang fled with £3,000 which had never been recovered.
The court heard the victim now feared living in his home of 36 years and had been left traumatised by the burglary.
Lewis previously broke into The Harbour pub as part of a gang, while a waitress slept in a bedroom next door. She was woken up by the noise and sat against the door terrified they would enter the room. They fled empty handed after hearing police arrive at the scene.
Lewis’ defence said he had been diagnosed for schizophrenia and had suffered mental health problems since he was a teenager, but he had to accept that many of those issues were down to his drug taking. He was already being cared for by a psychiatrist and community officers.
Judge Nic Parry told Lewis that he knew the other two men involved in the burglaries but was not prepared to tell the jury who they were. He had been leading a ”criminal lifestyle” and taken part in a planned attack with ”every conceivable aggravating feature to it”.
Lewis was sentenced to eight years for the aggravated Rhyl break-in and a further year for the pub burglary – both jail terms will run concurrently.
Source: Daily Post