A violent robber was caught thanks to mobile phone technology after he used a sawn off shot gun to beat a man up in his own home.
Danite Jeffers is today starting a 20-year-sentence for a series of terrifying attacks in the Chapeltown area of Leeds
In the most serious his random attacks, Jeffers targeted the victim as he walked to a shop to buy chocolates for his girlfriend.
Jeffers chased him into his own home, punched him and they both fell to the ground as the victim’s girlfriend screamed in terror.
Jeffers then took the gun from a bag he was carrying and hit the man in the face with it. He fled with the victim’s mobile phone but left his bag behind. It was found to contain two live shotgun cartridges.
The victim’s girlfriend used software to track the mobile phone to a house nearby and passed details to the police.
Officers arrested him at the premises and discovered a gun when they searched the property. In a separate attack, in September last year, Jeffers left another victim covered in blood after attacking him for his mobile phone.
Jeffers, who has a long history of violent offending, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm, two offences of robbery and asked for another robbery to be taken into consideration by the court.
Judge Tom Bayliss, QC, told Jeffers he must serve 15 years in jail, followed by an extended licence period of five years.
Det Supt Pat Twiggs, Head of Crime for Leeds District, said: “Jeffers was caught very quickly as a result of some very swift and tenacious work by proactive CID officers supported by Leeds District Quartz Team.
“He is clearly a dangerous individual who was prepared to use extreme violence to commit these offences. He also had access to a shotgun which had the potential to cause significant harm.