VIDEO: Masked raiders who tied up terrified Sheffield widow have prison sentences increased

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Three hooded raiders who tied up and robbed a widow in her Sheffield home have had their prison sentences increased.

The 69-year-old was so terrified by the raid at her property in Bradfield on March 25, she put her house up for sale.

Hayden Pitcher has had his sentenced increased for burglary.

Hayden Pitcher has had his sentenced increased for burglary.

Jordan Gergory, aged 21, James Godbehere and Hayden Pitcher, both 22, all admitted burglary and false imprisonment and were each jailed for three years at Sheffield Crown Court in October.

Now they have had their sentences increased to four years and six months at the Court of Appeal in London, after Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP referred the sentences for reconsideration.

The court heard Gregory, of Wordsworth Avenue, Southey Green, Godbehere, of Salt Box Grove, Grenoside, and Pitcher, of Bankfield Road, Hillsborough, were all high on drugs when they tied the woman up with laces from her walking boots and imprisoned her in a toilet.

Two of the yobs went upstairs to steal property including £10 cash, a bank card, a television, an engagement ring worth £800 and an air pistol.

James Godbehere has had his sentenced increased for burglary

James Godbehere has had his sentenced increased for burglary

They shoved a rocking chair against the toilet door and disconnected the phone so the terrified OAP could not raise the alarm.

She eventually managed to free herself.

The burglars’ car had been spotted by a neighbour, and it was traced back to Godbehere.

He was seen on CCTV later that morning trying to sell the woman’s belongings at Cash Converters in Rotherham.

Jordan Gregory has had his sentence for burglary increased.

Jordan Gregory has had his sentence for burglary increased.

Gregory and Pitcher were caught through DNA they left on the laces.

Mr Buckland said: “I referred this case to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient because the original sentence did not reflect the horror of this attack on a defenceless elderly lady in her own home.

“She was terrified. Her privacy was shattered when these hooded raiders targeted her home, forced their way in, tied her up and stole items of financial and personal value.

“This was a premeditated attack, the offenders operated as a group and went equipped wearing hoods to disguise their faces and gloves to leave no trace.

“People have a right to feel safe and secure in their own homes.”