A BURGLAR who had seriously injured his leg in a road accident would not be able to kick doors open any more, a judge said.
Joe Willis, 40, admitted a house burglary at an isolated property near Erbistock, where he effectively demolished the front door.
He had previous convictions for doing the same thing, targeting properties in rural locations, Mold Crown Court was told.
Willis had, since the burglary in September of last year, been involved in a serious road accident in which he had suffered pelvic and serious foot injuries from which he would be left permanently disabled.
Judge Huw Daniel said: 'So he won't be kicking doors in any more.'
Defending barrister John Philpotts said that was exactly the point.
'He is no longer in any condition ever again to kick down a back door,' he said.
Willis of Crescent Close in Wrexham, changed his plea and admitted the burglary at Gwaelod House, Erbistock, and was jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Judge Daniel told him: 'This was a quite deliberate burglary in an isolated property, the sort of property that has attracted your attention on previous occasions.
'You went there with a woman, kicked down the back door and stole property.'
The judge said the owners must have been very upset when the burglary was discovered.
Prosecutor Simon Mills said the occupiers, Robert Galloway and his father, were out at the time of the burglary but a neighbour became suspicious and took a note of the registration number of the car that Willis was driving.
Willis had pretended the car had over-heated and that's why he had stopped.
When police later went to his home, they found keys and registration documents relating to the car which was parked nearby. They also seized clothing that bore particles matching the glass from the broken door.
Willis, who also had previous convictions for robbery and kidnapping, had earlier denied the offence but then failed to turn up for his crown court trial.