Violent bungling burglar caught after falling asleep at scene

Violent bungling burglar caught after falling asleep at scene

A bungling burglar who used a hammer to knock his victim unconscious was caught by police after falling asleep at his victim’s house.

Ian Curtis, 48, from Llwynypia, has been jailed for 11 years having been arrested after his victim managed to raise the alarm with his neighbours.

Police shared footage of the arrest where Curtis is seen fast asleep sitting upright in a chair in the corner of a room.

Officers pointed a Taser at him but he failed to wake up when they shouted at him. He only stirs when they place the handcuffs on his wrists.

Curtis had smashed a back patio door to gain entry to the 66 year-old victim’s house in Llantwit Road, Pontypridd , in the early hours of September 19 last year.

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The victim, who had been sleeping upstairs, had just got up to walk his dog when he felt a blow to the back of his head which knocked him unconscious.

He came around to see Curtis demanding his money and his car keys before ordering him to go upstairs. Curtis told him he had been paid £4,500 by somebody to kill him and said wouldn’t have to kill him if he could give him the money.

The dazed victim crawled upstairs followed by Curtis and pointed to his wallet, which contained cash. He gave him his bank card and pin.

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Curtis lit up a cigarette and sat down and moments later he fell asleep which gave his victim the chance to get away.

He tried to call 999 but realised his phone lines had been cut so he went outside to raise the alarm with his neighbour who contacted the police.

Officers arrived shortly after to find Curtis sleeping in an upstairs bedroom. He was arrested and taken into custody.

The victim was taken to hospital with injuries including cuts and bruising to his face and a cut to the back of his head cause by the hammer blow.

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Officers searched the area outside and near a bus stop they found recycling bags full of the victim’s property such as electrical items and jewellery. Curtis was even wearing the victim’s watch as he was being booked into custody.

Curtis pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and was jailed for 11 years and eight months at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court .

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