A man who robbed his brother’s partner at knifepoint after climbing through her bedroom window while she slept has been jailed for 12 years.
Christopher Taylor got in through the unlocked first-floor window of the house in Sutherland Terrace, Harehills, in the early hours of the morning and put his hand over the terrified 30-year-old victim’s mouth before pressing a knife to her throat.
He asked her where the money was and threatened to stab her if she did not tell him.
She went to the wardrobe and handed Taylor a DVD case containing cash and other money totalling £4,000.
He then went downstairs to leave through the front door but found it locked and returned to the bedroom and climbed back out of the window.
The police were called and Taylor, 26, was arrested at his home in Sutherland Mount just hours later.
When interviewed by officers he claimed he had been at home all night and made no further comment.
It is thought Taylor targeted the victim after she fell out with him and his partner, and was aware she had money in the house.
Taylor was convicted of the robbery, which happened on November 12 last year, after a trial at Leeds Crown Court.
Detective Constable Oliver Townley, of Leeds District Neighbourhood Crime Team, said: “Taylor put the victim through a frightening ordeal climbing into her bedroom in the dead of night and threatening her at knifepoint. We hope the significant sentence he has received will provide some source of comfort to her and serve as a warning to others of how seriously the courts will view offences of this nature.”