A YOUNG man who broke into a woman's house, threatened to kill her and stole her handbag has been locked up for four years.
Ben Reilly, 19, broke into the house on Southlands, Kirkheaton, in February.
Bradford Crown Court heard how the 57-year-old victim, Janet Miller, had noticed a car parked outside her house when she went to walk her dog.
When she returned, there was a knock on her side door.
Jayne Beckett, prosecuting, said: "When she opened her door, the defendant pushed his way in. He told her to give him the bag or he would kill her."
Ms Beckett said there was struggle and Reilly's balaclava got ripped off.
He was also scratched on the face.
She said Ms Miller eventually gave Reilly the bag to get rid of him. He got away with £30.
Reilly, of Falcon Street, Newsome, pleaded guilty to robbery.
In mitigation, John Edwards said Reilly had written a letter to Ms Miller, saying he was sorry for what he had done and that it was a `moment of madness'.
Mr Edwards added: "To lock this 19-year-old up would just make him worse.
"He is, not until this, a serious criminal. He needs help and he is not going to get that in prison. He is astonished by what he did. Rarely does one come across a man so full of remorse."
Reilly will serve his sentence in a young offenders' institution.
Ms Miller will receive £200 from public funds for her bravery during the attack.
Reilly was arrested at Lockwood service station after Ms Miller gave police details of the car.
Judge Roger Scott said: "It is very frightening to be faced with someone on your doorstep wearing a balaclava. The victim must have been absolutely terrified.
"Only a custodial sentence is adequate."