A woman who befriended a Sheffield pensioner, then helped others to rob him at knifepoint, has been jailed for nine years for her ‘cowardly and appalling actions’.
Maxine Allen, aged 30, was involved in a plot in which 83-year-old dementia sufferer Kebba Badjan was locked in his home while robbers ransacked the property.
Allen, who had known her victim for around eight years, telephoned him and said she needed some cash.
When she turned up at the victim’s home on Andover Street, Pitsmoor, she brought with her two men and another woman intent on robbing him, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
Neil Coxon, prosecuting, said one of the men pushed Mr Badjan in the chest, forcing him into his bedroom.
The man demanded cash and shouted: “Give me the money or I will kill you.”
He then produced a knife with a seven-inch long blade, demanded money and Mr Badjan’s bank details, and said: “I will cut your throat.”
When the elderly man said he had neither, the robber became even more angry and waved the knife in his face.
Mr Badjan put his hands up to defend himself and was slashed as the man took £20 from the breast pocket of his pyjama top.
Allen then vanished into the kitchen and returned with £90 the pensioner had stored there, Sheffield Crown Court was told.
The gang tipped up furniture and ransacked the flat looking for more money before fleeing, locking Mr Badjan in his home.
The pensioner escaped only hours later after his shouts were heard by a neighbour.
Police were called and found the distressed OAP covered in blood.
Allen, of Plowright Mount, Gleadless Valley, was arrested and tested positive for cocaine.
She told officers Mr Badjan had hit her the previous day and had sought to placate her by asking her to call round the next day for some money.
She told police she saw it as a bribe so she would not report the assault and claimed she had been afraid to go alone so went with others but was unaware one of the men had a knife.
Mr Badjan told police he had been frightened.
“These guys are drug addicts,” he said. “They had been taking drugs. They tortured me,” he said.
Jim Baird, representing Allen, who pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, said she had been addicted to Class A drugs and alcohol but the offence was ‘well out of her league’,
She claimed the pensioner had injured her the previous day, but said it did not excuse what happened.
“It provided an explanation as to why they sought recompense from him,” said Mr Baird.
Jailing Allen, Judge Roger Keen said: “There were four of you behaving in this cowardly and appalling way. You finally locked your victim into his own home which you had ransacked.”