Burglar targeted Sheffield OAP, 95

Anthony Bramall jailed for six years for burglary.
Anthony Bramall jailed for six years for burglary.

A callous burglar was jailed for six years after ransacking the home of a 95-year-old Sheffield woman as she lay in bed.

Anthony Bramall, aged 49, broke into her home and stole jewellery with sentimental value –then twice refused to tell police what he had done with it.

When asked where the jewellery was he replied: “I will tell you, if you give me cigs and methadone.”

Jailing him, Recorder Michael Hubbard said it was an ‘outrageous’ crime against a vulnerable victim.

He told Bramall: “The impact of your actions will be with her for the rest of her time. The likelihood is you have curtailed those remaining years of her life as a result of what you have done.”

Bramall, of Longley Hall Grove, Shirecliffe, hung his head in shame as prosecutor Brian Outhwaite outlined the facts at Sheffield Crown Court.

Mr Outhwaite said the victim went to bed at her home in Abbeydale on Sunday, October 27, at about 8.30pm.

She went downstairs at 9.40pm and found beading had been removed from a bay window and the kitchen window broken.

Cash, necklaces, brooches and earrings had been taken.

Mr Outhwaite said: “All the rooms were searched apart from the bedroom because he knew his victim was in there.”

Police caught Bramall after finding his blood on an ornament.

Richard Jepson, for Bramall, said his only mitigation was his early guilty plea.

Recorder Hubbard told Bramall: “As burglaries go, this is about as serious as they come.

“You intruded into the home of a 95-year-old lady who was reading a book in her bedroom.

“You ransacked her house and stole her jewellery of sentimental value and just chucked her belongings around without any consideration at all other than your own greed. You have away taken from her that which gave her the greatest comfort.”