Armed attacker who targeted elderly is jailed

November 02 2018
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A MAN who threatened an elderly homeowner with a knife during a burglary and mugged a woman has been jailed for a total of 11 years.

Sharmarke Abdiquaadir, 31, broke into a home in Hillfields in March and threatened the elderly resident with a knife, before making off with cash and a laptop.

The following month, he mugged an elderly woman at an off-licence in Staple Hill. Abdiquaadir grabbed her purse, causing her to fall to the ground and hit her head.

He admitted a charge of robbery in relation to the mugging but denied a charge of aggravated burglary relating to the Hillfields incident.

However, a jury found him guilty after a three-day trial, Avon and Somerset police said.

He was jailed for 11 years for the aggravated burglary, and will serve a two-year sentence for robbery at the same time.

A police spokesperson said: “This sentence sends a real message to potential offenders that the courts will deal robustly with offenders who commit these type of offences, and in this case has put a potentially dangerous offender away for a significant period of time.”