|Man jailed for raid on pensioner's home
Guilty - Millea
An intruder who plundered food from his victim's freezer has been jailed.
Brian Millea (14/04/1972), of Botany Close, admitted one count of robbery at an earlier hearing.
Today, Thursday 16 September 2010, he was sentenced to six years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court.
At about 6am on Wednesday 21 April 2010, the victim, a 72-year-old man, was in bed at his home on Withington Lane, Aspull, when he was woken by a noise.
A few moments later he heard Millea saying 'Hello' as he came up the stairs. Millea had a tea towel covering his face and was armed with a large knife. He then told the victim: "Throw me your money down."
Millea searched a number of rooms and stole a wallet and cash, jewellery and a mobile phone.
Throughout the ordeal Millea repeatedly threatened the pensioner.
The victim then went into the kitchen and noticed Millea had poured oil from a chip pan all over the floor.
He then saw Millea filling several bags with food from the his freezer, telling him he was doing this because he was 'hungry'. He stole various items including ice cream, steaks, a curry and tinned foods before leaving the house.
Throughout the ordeal, which lasted about two hours, Millea remained in possession of the knife which he repeatedly pointed at the victim, leaving him in fear of his safety.
Police were called and immediately attended. DNA belonging to the defendant was found on a towel he had used to cover his face. His foot prints were also found on the toilet where he had climbed into the house.
Officers went to Millea's house and found medication, a mobile phone, jewellery and some of the stolen food items that belonged to the victim.
Detective Constable John O'Donnell, of the Volume Crime Unit, said: "The victim is an elderly man in his 70s who was subjected to a prolonged and frightening ordeal by Millea.
"He used the threat of violence, stole personal items and ransacked the man's house.
"Everyone should feel safe in their own home but Millea has taken this basic right away from the victim.
"He has a complete disregard for other people's welfare and property and has rightly been sent to jail for this crime.
"Incidents such as this are rare but I want to stress that when they do happen we are dedicated to bringing the offenders, like Millea, to justice.
"Today's sentence should act as a warning to other criminals and send a clear message that those prepared to break into homes and threaten innocent people can expect to receive lengthy prison sentences for their efforts."