TWO men have been jailed after carrying out two burglaries, which left one householder “traumatised.”

Shaun Gibbs, aged 28, of Taff Court, Cwmbran, and Jordan Parfitt, aged 20, of St Andrew’s Close, Cwmbran, broke in to two homes before making off in a car and causing a crash, Cardiff Crown Court heard yesterday.

Gibbs pleaded guilty to two burglaries, aggravated vehicle taking and attempted burglary, while Parfitt pleaded guilty to the same charges and also driving while disqualified and dangerous driving.

Andrew Davies, prosecuting, said CCTV showed the two defendants entering gardens and attempting to break into homes just after 4am on June 21, this year.

Shortly after, at around 4.20am, the defendants broke in to two neighbouring homes in Court Farm Road, Cwmbran, which were both occupied.

Mr Davies, prosecuting, said one of the householders was woken by his mother screaming.

Car keys were taken from each of the homes, and a Vauxhall Mokka was driven away.

A police officer located the Vauxhall Mokka after 7am outside an industrial estate in Cwmbran.

The court heard, the officer followed the vehicle, which accelerated to speeds of between 60mph and 70mph through residential streets.

After turning down Wesley Street, Parfitt crashed the car into a Ford Focus and Vauxhall Corsa.

Mr Davies, prosecuting, said the Vauxhall Mokka then rolled on to its side and came to a stop.

Parfitt got out and ran away, while Gibbs was injured in the crash and had to be cut free and taken to hospital.

The court heard Parfitt had 28 previous convictions relating to 50 offences, while Gibbs had 30 convictions for 48 offences.

Ben Walters, defending Parfitt, said the 20-year-old had been at home alone the previous evening before he met with Gibbs and another person who provided him with alcohol.

He said Parfitt wants to put offending behind him and live a “pro-active lifestyle” once he is released from prison. He also asked the court to consider his young age.

Karl Williams, defending Gibbs, read from a letter written by the defendant which said he was “disgusted” by his actions.

He added that Gibbs was “remorseful” and that this type of offence was “out of character.”

Judge RP Rowlands said one of the aggravating factors was the “profound” effect on one of the victims.

He sentenced Parfitt to a total of 42 months in a young offender's institution. Gibbs was sentenced to a total of 30 months.