A ‘professional burglar’ who targeted the homes of vulnerable pensioners in Sheffield has lost his bid for early release from prison.
Jamie Randle, aged 33, had been out of prison for just two weeks when he started raiding homes again - breaking into properties on Lathkill Road, Intake and Gleadless Road, Gleadless Valley.
He also attempted to break into a house on Newlands Road, Intake.
A 77-year-old woman was at home during one of the burglaries and his other victim, an 85-year-old woman, was asleep when he removed a window to gain entry to her house.
Randle, of Cavendish Street, Broomhall, also broke into the home of a sleeping family and tussled with the dad when he was caught in the act.
He was jailed for eight years at Sheffield Crown Court in December last year, having pleaded guilty to two burglaries and one attempted burglary but challenged the length of his sentence at the Court of Appeal.
Lady Justice Rafferty rejected Randle’s claim that he had been harshly treated.
“Randle was a professional burglar. It is difficult to imagine burglaries more serious than this,” the judge said.
“There’s no doubt this was a very substantial sentence. However he poses a high risk of harm to elderly, vulnerable female residents in their homes.
“This sentence is a severe one, but every other effort except a long term of imprisonment has been used to try to protect them.
“This sentence of eight years is a severe one but is not manifestly excessive.”