Ravenhill burglar Lee Davies, 26, jailed after smashing his way into home of seriously ill woman
A BURGLAR who smashed through a seriously ill woman's front door after a drugs deal with her son went wrong has been jailed for more than five years.
Lee Davies was left needing 13 stitches after the victim's nephew tried to fight him off with a knife.
Judge Paul Thomas told his barrister his client's injuries "fall into the category of 'serves him right'."
Davies, aged 26, went to the Sketty home of Sian Baldwin at around 2.30am on November 26, looking for her son, Mark.
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The pair had been involved in a drugs deal the day before, Swansea Crown Court heard.
Wielding a baseball bat, Davies tried to open the front door but was confronted by James Crowney, Mrs Baldwin's nephew.
The court was told Mr Crowney and his brother had come from Liverpool to look after their aunt who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and had only been discharged from hospital days before.
As Mr Crowney went to the door Davies smashed the glass panel in the door with a baseball bat before kicking the door and swinging the bat through the broken door towards Mr Crowney.
Prosecutor Kevin Jones said: "He feared for his life. He ran to the kitchen and grabbed a bread knife. By the time he had returned, his aunt was coming downstairs screaming."
Davies tried to put his head through the door, before Mr Crowney hit him with the knife.
When Davies tried to reach inside to turn the key, Mr Crowney hit him twice more with the knife, causing him "significant bleeding" Mr Jones said.
Police arrested Davies after finding him being treated for his head injury in the back of an ambulance outside his address in Ravenhill Road, Ravenhill. Davies pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary on a basis, saying he went to confront Mark Baldwin after he had sold him fake drugs the day before. He also said he did not know about Mrs Baldwin's health.
Davies had a number of serious convictions, including possessing a knife, assault and being involved in a group of Swansea fans throwing missiles at police during a South Wales derby match against Cardiff.
Frank Phillips, for Davies, said his client needed 13 stitches because of his injuries.
Judge Paul Thomas responded: "It comes under the category of 'serves him right'," doesn't it?"
Sentencing him to a term of five-and-a-half years, Judge Paul Thomas said: "Even though these matters were drug-related, the simple fact is society will not and cannot tolerate this sort of behaviour and people like you will have to receive sentences to express the court's determination that it should not happen."