A prolific burglar and drug addict has been sentenced to ten years in prison after he robbed and burgled an 83 year old man in Brockley.
The court heard that in the early hours of Wednesday, 1st October 2014, 25 year old Stephen Broadfoot, from Church Field, Snodland, in Kent got into the elderly man’s home.
He woke up his victim, threatened him with a knife and demanded cash.
Another man in his twenties staying in the house was ‘alerted by the commotion’, confronted Broadfoot who then fled the scene.
The victim provided investigating detectives with a detailed description of his intruder.
Broadfoot was arrested in Maidstone last November.
He admitted burglary but denied using a knife or threatening his victim.
He was convicted by a jury at Woolwich Crown Court of attempted robbery on 28 May.
Detective Constable Andy Clark who led the investigation said:
The sentence imposed reflects the fact that Broadfoot is a prolific and violent offender who subjected his elderly victim to a terrifying ordeal.
We will pursue anyone committing burglaries across the borough and we will do all we can to investigate them and bring them before a court. I would also like to pay tribute to the victim in this case, who demonstrated substantial strength of character in attending court and giving live evidence against his attacker.