A MAN who let himself into his estranged wife's home while she was out because he wanted to "reminisce" has been jailed.

Daler Landa, of Jermyn Street in Liverpool, appeared at Mold Crown Court for sentence on Thursday.

The 56-year-old had admitted breaching a restraining order and burglary at a previous hearing.

Catherine Elvin, prosecuting, told the court the defendant was convicted of assaulting his wife Joby Landa in January this year.

He'd punched her multiple times after asking the victim to give him her bank details.

The offence had resulted in a restraining order - prohibiting him from entering Mrs Landa's home or approaching/contacting her - and a suspended sentence.

In March this year, Mrs Landa complained to police that she had seen him in the area and she had a general suspicion that he'd been at her property in Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd.

She realised items were missing; including paperwork, a diary and others - which later turned up at the defendant's home in Liverpool when it was searched.

He had been arrested after police spotted him driving around the vicinity of the victim's home and then reversing onto her driveway.

Landa claimed he'd intentionally gone to the home when he knew his wife would be out because he believed the order prevented him from entering the home when she was there.

Fiona O'Neill, defending, told the court the burglary had been more of an impulsive action than a planned one and her client's greatest source of mitigation had been his guilty pleas.

"He should know better," she said, "and he should behave in a more appropriate way.

"Mercifully there was no one present at the address - that would have done untold damage to the victim.

"There has been no direct or indirect contact of an unpleasant nature.

"The reason he says he went to the property was a desire to reminisce."

She added the home had been the source of memories of "happier times" before his father passed away, and of spending time with his children.

Judge Nicola Saffman handed down a total sentence of 23 months in custody and a five year restraining order.

He must not enter Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd or make any contact with the victim.