A 21-year-old man has been sent to prison for six years after being found guilty of an aggravated burglary in Sheffield.
Liam Rhodes, of no fixed abode, was on trial at Sheffield Crown Court earlier this month charged with aggravated burglary. On Wednesday 16 January, he was found guilty of this offence and sentenced to six years in prison.
The court heard that Rhodes went to a property in the Westfield area of Sheffield at around 6.30pm on Bonfire Night (Monday 5 November).
He threatened the occupant with violence, brandishing a knife, demanding that he hand over cash and electrical items of value.
When the occupant refused, Rhodes smashed the windows of the property, before setting fire to rubbish and throwing it into the house.
Detective Constable Dean Craik said: “Rhodes was heard by several witnesses to say that he would burn down the victim’s house, with the victim still inside, if he didn’t hand over cash and a bicycle, among other valuable items.
“Rhodes also threatened witnesses with violence if they called the police. Someone was able to alert a passing police car to the incident and our officers pursued a vehicle seen leaving the scene at speed.”
Rhodes handed himself in to officers later that evening and was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, aggravated burglary, criminal damage, and failing to stop.
DC Craik added: “I am pleased that Rhodes has been convicted and received a prison sentence. I hope this offers the victim and the local community of Westfield some reassurance, knowing this violent individual is now behind bars.”