Drunk and naked stranger found in home

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A shocked woman arrived home to find a drunken man sitting naked on her bed, a court heard.

The woman returned to find her front door unlocked and ran upstairs to discover Martin Welsh, 55, inside her bedroom.

Welsh, from Welton, then dressed himself in the woman’s clothes and fled, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

Grace Hale, prosecuting, said: “She ran upstairs into her bedroom and found Welsh sitting naked on her bed. He was a complete stranger.

“Her bedroom was littered with items strewn across the floor.

“The woman and her partner ran out into the street in shock.

“At this point the defendant was getting ready to leave. He was wearing her clothes and putting her dressing gown into his bag.”

Shortly afterwards police arrived and arrested Welsh nearby.

A champagne bottle was later found next to her bed which had been filled with urine.

Mrs Hale said the incident had a traumatic effect on the woman and as a result she gave up her tenancy of the property in South Park, Lincoln just days later and moved 50 miles away to Sheffield.

Welsh, 55, of Cliffe Court, Welton, admitted burglary in September 2013.

His barrister Mark Knowles said Welsh was desperate to find somewhere to sleep following an argument with his partner.

He said Welsh, who has no previous convictions for burglary, believed the woman was moving out and sneaked in through an open door before going to sleep.

Mr Knowles said “He is embarrassed by the whole affair. There was no sexual intent.

“There had been difficulties with his partner and he didn’t feel he could go home. He thought the house was going to be empty. He admitted he drank the champagne.”

Welsh was given a 16 month jail sentence suspended for two years with 100 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Sean Morris told him “I am quite satisfied that in drink you saw her moving out and took the opportunity to go in and get your head down. You went in and drank yourself senseless on a bottle of champagne.

“The poor householder and her partner came back to find you sat on the bed naked. It was horrific but I don’t think there was any sexual motive here.”