Raider jailed after ‘de­spi­ca­ble’ rob­bery

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

A ROB­BER who threat­ened an el­derly woman at knife­point in her home has been jailed.

Po­lice said the woman, who is aged in her 60s, dropped to her knees and pleaded with Dar­ren Brad­ford not to hurt her.

He es­caped with just a small amount of cash, a lap­top, jew­ellery and a mo­bile phone.

Brad­ford, 42, of Town Mill Brow, Rochdale, was found guilty of ag­gra­vated bur­glary after a trial at Manchester’s Min­shull Street Crown Court and jailed for 11 years. De­tec­tives called his crime ‘de­spi­ca­ble’.

Wear­ing a ski mask, Brad­ford knocked at the front door of the woman’s home on Fur­ther Heights Road in Rochdale.

Po­lice said he im­me­di­ately lunged at her then held the knife to her throat as he forced her back into the liv­ing room.

Detective Con­sta­ble Rus­sell Clarke said: “This was a par­tic­u­larly dis­tress­ing in­ci­dent and the trauma he caused was de­spi­ca­ble.”

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