Addict jailed for attack on disabled man in his home

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A drug addict and alcoholic has been jailed for 12 months after barging into the home of a disabled man in the middle of the night, pushing him to the floor and stealing £210 from his pocket.

John McWilliams, aged 32, forced his way into Stephen Starkey’s home in Sheffield and attacked him when he tried to shut the door on him, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

James Gould, prosecuting, said the men knew each other, and the defendant was aware Mr Starkey was disabled as a result of a road crash 20 years ago.

Mr Gould said that, during the confrontation last October, Mr Starkey suffered injuries to his knee and shoulder.

McWilliams, of Gresley Road, Low Edges, Sheffield, admitted theft and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Matthew Donkin, defending, said McWilliams had been addicted to drugs and alcohol for much of his life and knew he was going to prison for the attack.

Recorder Anthony Kelbrick said they were ‘mean and despicable’ offences.