Rotherham man jailed for raiding vulnerable pensioner’s home

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A man who burgled an ill Rotherham pensioner has been jailed for six years and nine months.

Jonathan Paul Penistone, aged 32, of Roman Crescent, Brinsworth, Rotherham, targeted a frail 73-year-old woman’s home in nearby Brinsford Road.

He walked in uninvited and left after being challenged by the pensioner.

But when the OAP went to report the incident to her neighbour, Penistone sneaked into the house again and stole a number of items.

Martin Stenson, who led the police probe into the burglary, said: “This is a significant jail term for someone who targeted an elderly woman for financial gain.

“The victim in this case was particularly vulnerable as she is unwell and unable to speak. This makes Penistone’s actions even more despicable and I am pleased he accepted responsibility for his crime.

“This burglary shocked local residents and I hope that both the victim and the wider community are reassured by the swift action taken.

“Penistone is now behind bars for a number of years and their community is safer as a result.”

Penistone pleaded guikty to the offence during a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.