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Burglar jailed after punching elderly woman in the face

Keith Williams punched his 77-year-old victim in the face Photo: GMP

A burglar who punched an elderly woman after sneaking into her house has been jailed.

Keith Williams from Moss Side, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to burglary.

He was today sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, to two years and eight months in jail.

At about 12.30pm on Tuesday 18 September 2012, the 77-year-old woman went to put the bins out, leaving the front door of her house on Ventura Close in Fallowfield unlocked.

When she came back indoors the victim could hear noises upstairs. When she went to investigate, she was confronted by a man, now known to be Williams.

He initially ran past the victim and headed down the stairs.

The victim went after him and grabbed hold of his coat when he got to the bottom of the stairs.

Williams then lashed out, punching the woman in the right side of her face, knocking her over. He then ran off along Ventura Close, towards Sopwith Drive.

She was not seriously hurt but when she checked upstairs she found that cash and a locket containing a photograph of her grandchildren had been stolen.

The victim called the police and crime scene examiners found fingerprints on the front door. A Henleys button was also found on the front doorstep of the address.

The fingerprints matched those of Williams and he was arrested on 24 September 2012. A pair of Henleys jeans with a missing button were subsequently found in one of William's relatives' house where Williams had been staying, placing him clearly at the scene of the crime.

Detective Constable Richard Lees, of South Manchester CID, said: "Williams broke into a vulnerable victim's house and was determined to get away with his stolen booty come-what-may.

"His victim had the bravery to try and confront him but she got a punch in the face for her pains.

"Thankfully she wasn't badly injured and she is determined to put this unpleasant episode behind her.

"However, the fact remains that Williams has violated the sanctity of this woman's home and that is the one place she should feel safest. I want to reassure the residents, and elderly people in particular, that this kind of incident is rare.

"I also want to take this opportunity to remind people, particularly the elderly or vulnerable, to always keep their homes secure, even if you're just popping out for a minute or two. Thieves only need a tiny window of opportunity to sneak into your home."