Ten year jail term for violent robber

A Rotherham man has been sentenced to ten years behind bars for robbing a vulnerable 65-year-old woman in her Sheffield home. 

Nicky Rees, 41, of Mount Pleasant Road, Rotherham appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Friday 27 October to receive his sentence, after being found guilty by jury of one count of robbery.

Rees was arrested in early May after officers investigating the incident used DNA and CCTV evidence to link him to the crime.

Investigating Officer DC Newman Holt explains: “Rees went to the home of the 65-year-old victim with the clear intention to commit the crime. He then forced his way inside her home, making demands for cash and ransacking the property before making off with both cash and jewellery.”

“An investigation was launched into the incident and after reviewing CCTV and forensically analysing a piece of a rubber glove found at the scene, Rees was positively identified, arrested and subsequently charged with the offence.

“I would like to praise the victim, who was left incredibly distressed by this incident, as it was through the bravery and courage she showed during the trail, Rees was found guilty and justice was achieved.

“I hope she is now able to take some solace in knowing Rees is now behind bars and is being punished for his actions.”

A second man is believed to have been involved in the incident and an investigation is currently ongoing to identify him. Anyone with information is urged to contact 101 quoting incident number 533 of 7 April, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.