OAP attacked by South Yorkshire burglar

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A prolific burglar who attacked a pensioner with a knife when he was confronted as he tried to burgle the OAP’s home has been jailed for five years.

Kieran Oliver, aged 29, broke into John Taylor’s home in Carlton Road, Barnsley, while high on drugs.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Mr Taylor was woken by a noise in his kitchen and went to investigate.

Laura Marshall, prosecuting, said Oliver told Mr Taylor he’d been sent to check on Jack - a nickname used by Mr Taylor.

But it was a lie, and Oliver was trying to break in.

“Mr Taylor warned the male to get back but he was surging forward trying to get in,” said Miss Marshall.

“He took hold of a golf club and hit the defendant on the arm. It didn’t stop the defendant, who grabbed a bread knife and stabbed the complainant with it in the thumb.”

The court heard Mr Taylor fled the property and locked Oliver inside.

While he was inside Oliver pulled out drawers and rifled through cupboards saying, ‘I may as well go through your stuff while I’m here’.

Miss Marshall said a neighbour intervened and entered the house with Mr Taylor.

Oliver told her, ‘I’ve come to check on Jack and he’s hit me with a golf club’, but then he fled.

Oliver was arrested after forensic checks revealed a fingerprint found on the breadknife was his.

He burned his clothes at his friend’s house.

In interview he told police he’d seen the window open and decided to enter the property, at 6am on April 25 this year.

“The Crown’s position is that this was planned,” said Miss Marshall.

The court heard Oliver had 33 previous convictions for 103 offences.

Oliver, of no fixed address, admitted burglary and asked for three further similar offences to be taken into consideration.

Chris Aspinall, defending, said Oliver had been using the drug Mcat until 2013.

He said: “He reached a level where he felt he was committing offences which, in the clear light of day, he never would.

“At the time he was under the influence of Mcat.

“He’s still mortified by the altercation between him and this gentleman.”

Jailing Oliver, Judge Paul Watson QC told him: “You knew precisely what you were doing. You knew your intended target was elderly and you went there on a pretext.

“He was sufficiently alert to what you were about and he tried to fend you off. You were having none of it.”

The judge said Mr Taylor had run out of the house ‘in fear’ and Oliver had ransacked the property.

“This was an appalling offence targeted towards an elderly and vulnerable member of the community.”