A man was today behind bars after admitting breaking into the home of a Sheffield pensioner who died two days later.
Dominic Ransom, aged 25, broke into his 76-year-old victim’s home in Heavygate Avenue, Crookesmoor, in the early hours of Thursday, July 17.
Police said the woman woke from her sleep to the shock of finding Ransom standing in the hallway of her home.
Ransom fled – leaving the pensioner and her family to attempt to come to terms with the OAP’s terrifying ordeal.
However, Ransom’s victim died just two days later.
South Yorkshire Police have not officially linked the death to the burglary – but officers admitted the raid would have been ‘stressful’ for the elderly woman to experience.
Ransom, formerly of Morgan Road, Shirecliffe, Sheffield, admitted burglary during a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday.
He was jailed for three -and-a-half years.
Detective Constable John Bowerman, of South Yorkshire Police, who led the investigation, said: “I am pleased with the sentence given to Ransom as it reflects the seriousness of his crime.
“While there is nothing to suggest a direct link between the burglary and this woman’s death, we do not know what impact this stressful event had on her health.
“I’d like to offer my condolences to the woman’s family during this difficult time.
“Burglary is a violation of privacy and victims are often left feeling scared and vulnerable.
“South Yorkshire Police remains committed to tackling burglary and bringing to justice anyone involved in this type of crime.”
Police yesterday revealed a man had appeared at court charged with two burglaries in the Highfield area of the city, while another answered bail over three other burglaries in the city.
n Anyone with information about burglars operating in Sheffield is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.