Burglar is jailed for three years
A BURGLAR who preyed on the elderly has been jailed for more than three years.
Cassius Adamson had already been convicted in 2001, 2005 and 2007 for burgling elderly residents.
The 27-year-old was released from prison in October last year but was back in Bristol Crown Court after targeting the home of a 90-year-old woman.
On this occasion he crawled along the vulnerable pensioner's hallway as she watched television in her lounge and after being spotted stole her purse.
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Adamson, of Filton Avenue, Horfield, pleaded guilty to burgling the woman on April 4.
Sally Thompson, prosecuting, said: "She heard a sound and turned around to see him crawling through her hallway. She called out and he stood up, raised his arm to her and then stole her purse and its contents from the living room."
The elderly woman's son told the court his mother had suffered greatly from the incident and had been sleeping badly ever since.
The court heard that Adamson had been convicted in 2001, 2005 and 2007 for burgling elderly residents.
He was released from prison in October last year and within six months he was caught again.
Defence barrister, John Stokes, claimed Adamson had kept himself out of trouble after his release in October. He said his client had got married, got a job and "kept away from the use of illicit drugs". But the death of his daughter three days prior to this offence in Heyford Avenue, Eastville, "ruined" his progress.
"He uses that as an explanation rather than an excuse," he added.
His Honour Judge Michael Longman told Adamson: "Burgling people's homes has been your offence of choice for years. You knew the risks and you knew the consequences.
"This house was occupied. You knew that from the manner you were travelling through it. The consequences for her were severe.
"Anybody has the right to feel secure in their home particularly at her time of life."
He sentenced Adamson to three years and four months in jail.