A burglar was trapped by his DNA - two years after committing the crime.
Reece Bellwood was disturbed by a woman and her son in their Almondbury and fled, but was trapped when he was arrested years later.
Bronia Hartley, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court the woman had returned to her house in Rockley Close about 10.50am on November 24, 2011 and she had just sat down when she heard a noise upstairs.
At first she thought it might be a blind blowing in the bathroom and she and her son went upstairs where he called out “Daddy” thinking it might be his father.
Miss Hartley said when she got to the door of the bathroom she saw a shadow and looking inside “to her shock” saw Bellwood standing there.
“She describes being extremely scared. She shouted for help, picked her son up and moved away to a bedroom door.”
Some blood was found on the bathroom window and some fingerprint marks on the downpipe suggesting that was how the intruder had got in.
Miss Hartley said a DNA sample had been taken from Bellwood in 2009 but because of an issue in the way it was taken it was rejected from the national database.
It was only when he was in custody again in 2014 on a public order matter that the DNA was taken and a match found.
Charles Blatchford representing Bellwood urged the court to give him a chance. He had got work as a labourer had a steady relationship and apart from the matter earlier this year had kept out of trouble since the burglary.
Bellwood, 23, of Upper Batley Low Lane, Batley, admitted burglary and was sentenced to 10 months in prison suspended for two years, with 200 hours unpaid work and to pay £500 costs.