A WOMAN who went to switch a bedroom light off found a man in the room.

Blackburn magistrates heard the householder screamed at Abid Rafique to get out of her home and physically pushed him out of the door.

Rafique, 45, of Fife Street, Barrowford, pleaded guilty to burglary and theft of four gent's watches, a mobile phone, aftershave and a quantity of jewellery from a house in Leeds Road, Nelson.

He was committed on bail to Burnley Crown Court to be sentenced on October 18.

Graham Tindall, prosecuting, said at about 8.30pm the householder noticed a light had been left on in a bedroom.

"She went to switch the light off and found the defendant in her bedroom," said Mr Tindall.

"He said he was looking for someone called Sarah but she carried on screaming at him and pushed him out of the house."

Mr Tindall said the aggrieved thought Sadique was under the influence of something although she could not smell alcohol.

"The police have raised concerns that he was under the influence of drugs," said Mr Tindall.

Mark Williams, defending, said his client had a historic heroin addiction but no longer used. On the day of the incident he had taken a number of diazepam.

"He cannot put forward a reason for that and he cannot explain why he committed this offence," said Mr Willams.

"He has a job and lives with his family and had no reason to get involved in something like this."

Mr Williams said the victim had been shouting and swearing at Rafique to get out and that is what he did.

"There was no violence whatsoever offered by him," said Mr Williams.