A man broke into an 86-year-old woman’s home and threatened her with a large knife on Christmas Day.
Tony Corby, 33, broke into the homes of three elderly women within an hour in North London on Christmas morning last year.
He appeared at Harrow Crown Court on Wednesday (September 1) to be sentenced after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary and a single count of aggravated burglary.
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The court heard that the occupier of an address in Haywood Close, Hornsey, an 86-year-old woman was in bed at around 7.10am on December 25, 2020, when she heard the sound of movement downstairs.
She got out of bed and went to the top of stairs, where she was confronted by Corby holding a huge nine inch knife towards her.
Corby asked, “where is the money?”, before stating “I don’t hurt old people”.
He said he only wanted cash, before then grabbing two £20 notes from the victim’s handbag and leaving through the backdoor.
When the victim went downstairs, she saw her cupboards open, indicating he had been looking for items to steal.
The glass in the backdoor had also been broken.
Just half an hour later, Corby broke into an address in nearby Blythwood Road, where a 90-year-old woman lived.
A neighbour heard the property’s alarm sounding before spotting Corby coming out of the side access to the house riding a bicycle.
When she asked him what he was doing, Corby told her to “f*** off”.
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The victim then called her son, who travelled to the house and found that the glass in the rear patio door had been smashed, costing around £450 in damage. Nothing had been stolen.
A further 20 minutes later, Corby broke into a house in Norman Crescent.
The victim, a carer for her husband who lives with vascular dementia, heard the house alarm going off.
She went downstairs to investigate and found that the glass in the back door had been smashed, though again nothing had been stolen.
The damage was estimated to have cost around £300.
Having already received calls regarding the earlier burglaries, police were able to trace Corby to an address in Pinner Hill Road through various reports and sightings. The address was known to police.
Upon arrival later the same day, Corby was arrested. A search of the flat resulted in a mobile phone and flick knife being seized by police, though there is no evidence to show this was the weapon pointed at the first victim.
Corby answered no comment in police interview, but detectives recovered CCTV evidence from the time of the burglary.
The court heard Corby had previous convictions for domestic burglaries in 2008 and 2021, in which he served time in custody.
He was jailed for a total of eight years and six weeks.
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