A pensioner is now too frightened to be on her own having been targeted by a callous burglar.
A court heard the 84-year-old victim was left terrified by Lee Daniel Ryan, who struck twice at her Huddersfield home in the space of 24 hours.
Now Ryan has been jailed for five years after he twice preyed on the pensioner.
Ryan was already under an Anti-Social Behaviour Order banning him from going into domestic premises in South Kirklees without permission of the owner or occupant, when he went to his victim’s address in Cowlersley on the evening of June 10 last year and again the next day.
Sentencing him at Leeds Crown Court, Judge Paula Tyler said the lady was not only elderly but was vulnerable because she had health difficulties.
Ryan’s knocking was answered on the evening by the pensioner because she thought it was a friend returning who had left only a short time earlier and he then went in without being invited.
He demanded money from her which he said he needed for an electricity bill and the pensioner gave him some. She was shaken by the experience and was still in bed the next morning when she heard further knocking.
Judge Tyler said on that occasion the victim answered the door thinking it was the postman only to find it was Ryan again.
He again went inside without permission asking for money but she told him she had no more because she had given him what she had the night before.
After the offences the pensioner said she was on edge and is now frightened to be alone in her own home. She was also concerned Ryan might return to the area.
The judge said Ryan appeared to have a history of going into the homes of vulnerable people because the ASBO was imposed in February 2012 after he was convicted of a common assault on a 65-year-old blind and deaf man having gone inside his home.
She agreed to extend the ASBO until further order and also imposed a restraining order banning him from going to the pensioner’s street in Huddersfield or contacting her in any way.
Ryan, 37 of Manchester Road, Huddersfield was previously found guilty by a jury of the two offences of burglary and breaching the ASBO. He was sentenced and convicted in his absence having refused to leave his cell to attend court.
Judge Tyler said the victim’s statement clearly showed she had suffered trauma as a result of Ryan’s actions and his record added to the aggravating features.
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