Prolific offender Lexus Wakefield burgled a disabled woman's home - then threatened to kill her when she challenged him

Wakefield, of Paddock, had stolen from the visually impaired woman days before the raid on her Lockwood home

James Lexus Wakefield - banned from rail station
James Lexus Wakefield - banned from rail station

A Paddock man burgled the home of a disabled woman - days after stealing money from her.

The brave woman, who is visually impaired, tried to stop Lexus Wakefield after he targeted her Lockwood home.

He responded by threatening to kill the woman, who is aged in her 50s.

Wakefield, of Market Street, admitted two charges of burglary and theft.

He faces sentencing by a crown court judge after Kirklees magistrates decided that he had deliberately targeted the vulnerable woman.

Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said that the victim Nicole Harrison originally came across Wakefield on August 3.

Ms Harrison, who is retired, was at home when a £10 note from £110 she kept in a box blew away.

She saw Wakefield, who was standing outside, and asked him to help her look for it.

Wakefield went into the garden near to where the box was left and when Ms Harrison checked it later she realised that all of the money had gone.

On August 6 Ms Harrison was again at home when her intercom rang.

She recognised the person ringing it as Wakefield, 30, and initially took no notice of them.

Ms Harrison then heard something being thrown around the garden and went outside to investigate.

Mr Bozman said: “She came out into the garden and saw a bike, a black bag and a leather jacket that’s normally kept in her hallway.

“A while afterwards she could see Wakefield standing in the garden.

“She tried to grab hold of him and asked other ladies for a hand.

“When he was being detained by the witnesses he said: ‘I know your face, If I get off this floor I’ll kill you’.”

Police arrived and found Ms Harrison’s house keys inside his pocket.

Bob Carr, mitigating, said his client was drunk at the time.

He told magistrates that the door opened when Wakefield leant on it and he took two keys from inside.

Wakefield then returned later, took Ms Harrison’s jacket and discarded it outside.

He added: “Burglary is a very serious offence.

“But my vision of a dwelling house burglary is in the middle of the night breaking into a premises whilst occupied.

“(There is) possible confrontation, balaclavas and taking items - that’s your typical burglar.”

Magistrates committed Wakefield to Leeds Crown Court for sentence on September 5.

He was remanded in custody until then.

 

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