LOW LIFE David Parkin beat and kicked a terrified man after breaking into his home in the middle of the night.
Parkin, pictured, is behind bars after throwing his 63-year-old victim to the floor and repeatedly kicking him in the head.
The householder had been woken in the middle of the night by the sound of the front door closing at his bungalow in Barnes, Sunderland.
Getting up to investigate, he was confronted by Parkin, who said “I want your money”.
The man tried to get the thug out of his home, but Parkin launched into the vicious assault.
Prosecutor Michael Bunch told Newcastle Crown Court yesterday: “He went towards him in order to try to get him out of the address and struck him.
“The defendant then fought back, throwing him to the floor and kicking him numerous times to the head.
“The male moved from the hallway back to the man’s bedroom and the kicking continued in that room.”
The badly beaten victim then fled his home.
The court heard 31-year-old Parkin took £120 in cash and a watch from the house.
He was captured on CCTV making a call from a nearby telephone box after the raid and police investigations revealed he had been booking a taxi - in his real name.
He was arrested and his victim’s blood was found during a forensic examination of his shoes.
The householder was taken to hospital with a black eye which was swollen almost shut and cuts to his face that needed stitches.
He told police in a victim impact statement made two-and-a-half-months after his ordeal he still felt “traumatised”.
He added: “I don’t feel safe in my home and I’m surviving on five hours sleep, I wake up and have to check the house is still safe and secure.
“I regularly have flashbacks relive the incident in my head. I have nightmares about people coming into my address and being violent.”
Parkin, of no fixed address, admitted burglary and assault.
The court heard he was out on licence from a previous burglary at the time of the attack.
Judge Michael Cartlidge jailed him for four-and-a-half years.
The judge said: “This man actually had to flee his own home.
“His injuries included swelling to his forehead and injury to his eye.
“His eye was nearly closed and his wounds required stitches.
“The only thing really that can be said in favour of the defendant is he has pleaded guilty.
“This was a bad burglary.”
Andrew Finlay, defending, told the court: “This offence was motivated by his desperate and lengthy drug addiction.
“He went into the property to take property to buy some drugs for the next day.”