Barnsley man jailed for 18 years after threatening woman at knifepoint

Daniel Cummins has been jailed for 18 years Credit: South Yorkshire Police

A Barnsley man who broke into a woman's house in Hemmingfield and threatened her at knifepoint has been sentenced to 18 years in jail.

In the early hours of 12 August last year, 36-year-old Daniel Cummins climbed up the drainpipe of his victim's home as she and her one-year-old daughter slept.

PC Rosie O’Grady from Barnsley CID said the victim, a woman in her 30s, woke up to find him standing over her bed.

She explained:

Cummins, of St Helens Street, Elsecar, was arrested after he called 101 later that morning to report his involvement in the robbery.

On Wednesday 10 June he pleaded guilty to robbery and wounding at Sheffield Crown Court and was handed an 18-year sentence, consisting of a 13-year custodial term and an extended licence period of five years.

The victim was provided with a lifetime restraining order.

Cummins pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault and trespass with intent to commit sexual assault. He was acquitted of these charges by a jury.

PC O’Grady added: