Burglar pushed over toddler and threatened to stab Leeds businesswoman in her own home as he stole £5,000 in cash

A burglar pushed over a toddler and threatened to stab a mum in her own home as he stole £5,000 of her business takings.

Sunday, 7th March 2021, 11:45 am

Nadir Omer was jailed for six and a half years over the raid at the house in Meanwood.

Leeds Crown Court heard the 20-year-old tricked his way into the property on November 22 last year.

Ayesha Smart, prosecuting, said the victim ran a teeth whitening and eyelash extensions business from the house.

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Burglar Nadir Omer pushed over toddler and threatened to stab mum as he stole £5,000 from house in Meanwood, Leeds.

Omer approached the house and appeared to be talking on his mobile phone when the woman answered the door.

The defendant approached the victim and said "she's here" before handing her the phone.

The woman believed someone was on the other end of the phone but the line was dead.

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He took out a knife and said: "Where is the money?"

The woman had her two-year-old daughter with her in the house at the time.

She told him she did not have any money in the house.

Omer then said: "Don't talk stupid. I will start smashing everything up.

"I am not leaving without the money or I'm going to have to stab you."

Omer pushed the toddler over as he searched the property.

He left with a bag containing £5,000 in cash.

Michael Walsh, mitigating, described the offence as "not the most sophisticated."

Mr Walsh said the defendant arrived and left in a taxi which he booked in his own name.

He said the woman appeared to film Omer on her own mobile phone as he carried out the burglary but he failed to take the device from her.

Mr Walsh said Omer committed the offence to prove himself to others who put him up to it.

He added: "This is in some ways an inexplicable situation that he finds himself in.

"He is one of the most polite and easiest people to deal with there is."

Sentencing, Judge Penelope Belcher said: "It was appalling trauma for this lady.

"She must have been frightened for the safety of her child as you pushed past her with a knife."