Vile thief terrified Leeds pensioner, 84, for just £10 and a packet of cigarettes

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A BURGLAR who terrified his 84-year-old victim after targeting his home at night has been jailed.

Steven Greig, 41, was jailed for 16 months over the incident which took place at the victim’s home on Woodville Mount, Belle Isle, Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard the victim had been robbed in the street days before the burglary and had his keys stolen.

Greig came into possession of the keys and used them to get into the property as the victim was asleep in bed.

Greig awoke the man and confronted him before demanding money. He left with £10 and a packet a cigarettes.

Greig was arrested after a member of the public recognised him on CCTV footage on West Yorkshire Police’s website.

Since the incident in December 2012, Greig has already served a prison sentence for a separate house burglary in Scotland in March 2013.

Greig, now of Kiln Lane, St Helens, pleaded guilty to burglary.

The court heard he has 60 convictions, mainly for offences of burglary and theft.

Craig Hassall, mitigating, said Greig’s offences were linked to a long-standing addiction to heroin. Mr Hassell said Grieg had taken positive steps to beat his addiction in the past year and had been making good progress.

Judge Guy Kearl, QC, jailed Greig for 16 months.

He said: “The victim was an 84 year old man. Worse than that he was in bed at night. There was a confrontation which took place in the bedroom. He must have been absolutely terrified.

“Only a few days earlier he had been robbed in the street of his keys which then came into your possession and you went to steal from him.”