Case appeal is dismissed

Preston Crown Court

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A CALLOUS burglar who targeted a vulnerable pensioner in her home – leaving her crying in terror – has had his sentence challenge rejected by top judges.

Ryan John Broxup, of North Shore, Blackpool, strayed into the 77-year-old’s sheltered flat in the town as she watched TV late one night, London’s Appeal Court heard.

He had the run of her home for 10 minutes while the pensioner looked on in terror before he made off with her purse and mobile phone.

When her carer arrived the next morning, he found her sobbing, Mr Justice Silber told the court.

The judge added: “She said she had been crying all night and was very worried that the man would come back and kill her.”

Broxup, 38, was jailed for three years at Preston Crown Court in June after pleading guilty to burglary.

He challenged his sentence with claims that it was too severe, but had his case rejected by Mr Justice Silber, sitting with Lord Justice Moore-Bick and Judge Nicholas Cooke QC.

He said the sentencing judge was entitled to find that Broxup “targeted” his elderly victim.

The intrusion had taken a heavy toll on her, the appeal judge concluded.

He added: “This was a mean offence in which the victim has suffered very substantially.

“There can be no criticism of the sentence.”

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