A young man who brandished a knife during a robbery at his own grandfather’s home has been jailed for eight years.
Nathan Robinson, 22, of The Scar, Lower Skircoat, Halifax, had been committing offences since he was 11 and had previous convictions for crimes against his elderly relative, Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday.
Robinson, who suffers from a personality disorder, was with an accomplice when he went to the Hebden Bridge home of his 72-year-old grandfather in February.
He picked up a knife from a kitchen drawer and, after obtaining his grandfather’s personal identification number, his accomplice took his bank card to an ATM to withdraw £120.
Robinson had denied charges of robbery and fraud, but a jury found him guilty of both offences following a trial in May.
Judge Shaun Spencer QC said he saw and heard the defendant’s grandfather give evidence via a television link and it was plain to him that the complainant suffered from various age-related ailments.
The judge said the knife had been brandished in a threatening way and he noted that Robinson had committed previous offences against the same relative when he was 69 and 70.
“Whilst you may have brandished it, it is not a case that any injury was inflicted with the knife. There didn’t need to be any injury inflicted the threats were sufficient,” he added.
The offences were within months of Robinson being given a suspended sentence order, but his barrister Charlotte Eastwood said he had been making some progress.
“He had obtained independent secure accommodation...and had been attending regularly all the appointments offered to him by the probation service,” she submitted.
Judge Spencer said the previous convictions amounted to Robinson using his relative as a source of funds when he wanted them. Robinson was sentenced to eight years in jail for the robbery with a concurrent three-year term for the fraud.
Detective Inspector Ashley Hewitt, of Calderdale CID, said: “We welcome the strong sentence given to Robinson today for what was a truly despicable offence in which he threatened and robbed his own grandfather.
“Robinson has been a repeat offender since an early age and his actions in committing such a crime against a vulnerable member of his own family only highlight the true nature of his character.
“I hope the strength of this sentence also acts as a deterrent to those who think it is acceptable to behave in this manner in our communities.”