‘Selfie’ burglar gets four more years in jail for threatening victim

Picture shows selfie of burglar Ashley Keast
Picture shows selfie of burglar Ashley Keast
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A bungling burglar who sent a selfie boasting of his crimes to his victim’s colleagues has been given four more years in jail - for sending a threatening letter to his victim.

Ashley Keast, of Norfolk Court, Rotherham, was found guilty in March of committing a burglary at a house in Fernleigh Drive, Brinsworth, on September 11, 2013.

The 26-year-old was jailed for two years and eight months, while his co-accused, 27-year-old Anthony Hunt, of Garbroads Crescent, Thrybergh, was given 18 months.

Now Keast has had four more years added to his sentence for arranging death threats to be sent to his victim.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the men broke into a couple’s home while they were on holiday, forcing their way in through a patio door and taking sentimental jewellery and electrical items before stealing an Audi A4.

Their haul was worth £27,000 and the car was later found crashed in Centenary Way, having suffered extensive damage.

Keast had stolen a SIM card from the property and using another phone, took a ‘selfie’, posting it on the WhatsApp messenger application.

But he had unknowingly sent the image to the victim’s colleagues, who contacted police.

A stolen Rolex watch, worth £4,000, was found wrapped in a towel behind a radiator at Keast’s town centre flat and later returned to the victim.

This week a jury at Sheffield Crown Court found Keast guilty of making threats to kill, witness intimidation and perverting the course of justice, after he organised a threatening letter to be sent to the victim.

He was sentenced to an additional four years in prison to be completed after serving his term for the burglary.

PC Adam Broughton from South Yorkshire Police said: “Following the original conviction for burglary, the victim in this case felt justice had been done. Unfortunately, this was not the end of the ordeal. The safety and wellbeing of any victim of crime is our main priority and this sentence reflects the seriousness of threats, intimidation and attempts by anyone to pervert the course of justice.”