A hammer-wielding intruder who terrorised a 70-year-old woman in her home has been jailed for nine years.
When Angela Barwick returned to her detached home in Norwood Green she initially thought the man she found on her conservatory roof was a window cleaner, but would-be burglar Brendan Moxon, who was holding a hammer in his hand, scrambled down and confronted her.
A jury at Bradford Crown Court heard how Wyke man Moxon waved the hammer about and demanded Mrs Barwick’s bag.
After taking her mobile phone from the handbag Moxon told her:”Inside, I want to go inside, open the door, I want gold.”
During the robbery in March Moxon, 39, pulled the house phone out of its socket and took Mrs Barwick’s iPad and £70 in cash after she offered them to him.
Moxon, of Albert Terrace, Wyke, claimed that he had carried out the attempted burglary that morning with an accomplice and he had left before the other man committed the robbery.
But this morning (Thursday) the jury found Moxon guilty of the robbery charge and Judge Jonathan Rose then heard details of his extensive criminal record which included 23 convictions for nearly 50 offences.
Prosecutor Abigail Langford submitted that Mrs Barwick’s home had been targeted and highlighted Moxon’s references to wanting gold.
Judge Rose said thankfully Moxon had only threatened Mrs Barwick and had not used any actual violence on her.
But he said Moxon had targeted the house believing that if he could get in he would be able to find high value property.
Judge Rose described Mrs Barwick as a very brave lady and he noted that when she returned home Moxon did not give himself up or run away.
“Instead you saw an opportunity here, and this is a serious aggravating feature of the case, because you could see she was a lady advanced years and on her own at the time.
“You thought I’m younger, I’m stronger and I’m armed. I have this hammer and you terrorised her.”
The judge said Moxon terrorised the complainant even when she was offering him property to make him go away.
Judge Rose said the incident last about four minutes, but it must have seemed like a lifetime to Mrs Barwick.
“This was a cowardly, bullying and a quite vicious attack on a defenceless, vulnerable victim,” the judge told Moxon.
The judge said Moxon’s long record saying back to 1992 showed he was committed to a life of crime and the public was entitled to protection from him.
Moxon was jailed for nine years on the robbery charge with a concurrent term of three years for the attempted burglary.