Burglar who hid in wardrobe threatened to kill his brother
A BURGLAR who hid in a wardrobe to try evade police threatened to kill his brother after his arrest.
Patrick Lewis, aged 24, had been staying with his brother Craig and his family at his home on Penyfan Road in Llanelli in June this year.
Craig Lewis's neighbour, Claire Delaney had moved a large amount of her belongings into her garage ahead of building work taking place on her house.
On June 13 she went into the garage and as she opened the door several items fell in front of her, as if they had been piled up ready to be moved.
She then saw several black bags had been opened and items taken out as well as finding her belongings strewn over the garage floor.
Items she could tell police that were missing included toasters, mobile phones, a DVD player, tools and computer games.
She told police she had seen her neighbour in the garage the day before and officers went next door to speak to him.
When they spoke to Craig Lewis, he told them they could search his home but he knew nothing of the burglary.
When they went upstairs they found his brother, Paul Lewis, hiding in a children's wardrobe.
In the garden shed officers found a bag containing one of the missing toasters as well as the computer games and tools.
When Paul Lewis was then arrested he became aggressive towards his brother telling him he would "smash his head in".
As well as admitting burglary, he also admitted a public order offence after shouting a racist term at a police officer while he was being held in custody.
In his police interview Lewis said he could not remember the details of the burglary because he was "off his head" on valium at the time.
Lewis has a number of previous convictions for burglary and has received lengthy jail terms in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012.
Frances Jones, for Lewis, said his client had a difficult life including losing his mother last year, leaving school unable to read or write and said his client managed to get clean of drugs while in prison but when he was released always reverted to them.
"He has spent most of his time since 2006 in custody," he said.
But the judge at Swansea Crown Court said he was not prepared to send him to prison before the probation service had time to look at alternatives.
Recorder Mark Powell said: "I have to look at my duty to the public.
"The court would be bound to see if there was an alternative, I am bound by law to see if there is an alternative to custody," he told Mr Jones.
"He is the classic institutionalised man," said the judge.
Lewis, of no fixed address, will be sentenced next month.