Prison for burglar who stole 95-year-old woman’s jewellery while she read in bed

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A CAREER burglar was jailed for six years after ransacking the Yorkshire home of a 95-year-old woman as she lay reading in bed.

Anthony Bramall, 49, stole highly sentimental jewellery belonging to Lorna Kilham and then refused to tell police what he had done with it. When asked to say where the jewellery was to relieve her distress he replied: “I will, if you give me cigs and methadone.”

Jailing him, the judge, Recorder Michael Hubbard, said it was an “outrageous” crime against a vulnerable victim, who lived on her own in Abbeydale, Sheffield.

He told Bramall via a video link to Doncaster Prison: “The impact of your actions will be with her for the rest of her time. The likelihood is that you have curtailed those remaining years of her life as a result of what you have done.”

Bramall, of Longley Hall Grove, Sheffield, hung his head in shame as the facts were outlined at Sheffield Crown Court. He has previously received long jail terms for domestic break-ins and was on licence from a 43-month stretch for burglary when he struck again. Police found blood on an ornament and matched it to him.

In interviews, he refused to say what he had done with the jewellery when officers refused to meet his demands.

In a victim statement, Miss Kilham said: “Words will never explain how this has made me feel. I am not sleeping well and wake up most nights with my heart racing.”