A pensioner celebrating her birthday found herself confronted by a burglar when she went to check her back door, leaving her worried for her own safety.
Lincoln Crown Court was told on Friday how the 71-year-old was at home with her husband when she heard a car park up outside.
Tony Stanford, prosecuting, said: “She then heard her back door being opened. She went into the kitchen to find out what was happening and she saw the defendant who was a complete stranger to her.
“She confronted him and he left. He stole two bottles of alcohol from her kitchen.
“The defendant was arrested a short distance away. He denied it in interview.”
Mr Stanford said that as a result of Mateusz Marcinkowski’s entry into her home in Camelot Gardens, Boston, the woman is now anxious and worried about her safety in her own home.
At the time of the incident Marcinkowski was on bail after being found in possession of a knife when police stopped and searched him in Robin Hood’s Walk, Boston, in the early hours of the morning.
He also previously burgled a house in James Street, Boston, stealing a television, a mobile phone and a set of speakers.
The court was told that Marcinkowski has no previous convictions in the United Kingdom but 11 convictions in his native Poland, including three for burglary.
Marcinkowski, 28, of Trinity Street, Boston, admitted burglary of the property in James Street on August 16, 2018; burglary at Camelot Gardens on April 28, 2019; and possession of a bladed article in a public place on February 26 this year. He was jailed for a total of two years.
Paul Mytton, in mitigation, said: “He came to the United Kingdom in 2016 and found work.
“He was working with an agency and was working until he found it difficult to obtain any more employment. The fact is that he lived an industrious and hard-working life until August 2018.”