Burglar sneaked into Morley home of sleeping 95-year-old

Joshua Stephen Foy
Joshua Stephen Foy

A burglar who sneaked into the home of a 95-year-old man while he was asleep upstairs has been jailed for 32 months.

Leeds Crown Court heard Joshua Stephen Foy and his accomplices got into a property on Lewisham Grove, Morley, through an insecure ground floor window.

Prosecutor David Lampitt said a television set and sound bar were stolen during the raid on August 7.

And in the afternoon Foy and two others went to a shop which traded in second hand goods and sold the stolen items for £70.

Police arrested Fox after his finger prints were found on the items.

Mr Lampitt said the pensioner was not disturbed during the burglary itself.

Foy, 22, had three previous convictions for burglary making him liable for a minimum sentence.

Graham Parkin representing Foy said CCTV showed Foy carrying the items into the shop but he was not the main person involved who was still being sought.

Mr Parkin said: “He accepts he was part of a group, it was not a planned offence but committed when they saw the open window. Fortunately the complainant was not disturbed.”

“He has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and not sought to distance himself from what he has done.”

Foy, of Peel Street, Morley, admitted the burglary.

He was sentenced to 32 months behind bars and ordered to pay the £900 criminal courts charge.

Recorder of Leeds Judge Peter Collier QC told Foy: “On this occasion you again plead guilty to a dwelling house burglary.”

“It was an offence committed at night, the occupant was at home, fortunately asleep and not disturbed, but he was 95-years-old.

“This must have destroyed his sense of security in his own home and he will no doubt be troubled with that in his later years.”

“I am entitled to conclude there must have been a significant impact on him and the offence is aggravated by the fact you have previous convictions.”