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Last Updated: Friday, 27 August, 2004, 15:36 GMT 16:36 UK
Teenage burglar gets five years
Doris Sharp
The 77-year-old was repeatedly punched during the attack
A burglar who beat up a frail pensioner as she begged for mercy has been locked up for five years.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Stephen Blyth, 19, of Wenlock in Biddick, Washington, broke into Doris Sharp's home in the middle of the night.

He repeatedly punched the 77-year-old, demanding her money. She had just 30 cash and cried and begged him to stop.

Blyth, a drug addict, pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to five years in a young offenders' institute.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the diabetic victim had fallen asleep at 0200 BST in her front room while watching television on 7 June last year.

"Extremely frightened"

Blyth had climbed in through an open bathroom window and was high on drink and drugs at the time of the attack.

Prosecutor Jane Waugh told the court: "The defendant put both hands around the victim's neck saying 'where is your bag, where is your money?'

Stephen Blyth
Blyth was high on drink and drugs at the time of the attack
"She described herself as extremely frightened and wanting to get out of her home.

"Throughout her ordeal she was weeping and repeatedly telling him not to punch her."

Mrs Sharp was taken to Sunderland Hospital after the attack with her left eye completely closed due to bruising and swelling.

Blyth was caught thanks to a finger print he left on the bathroom window.

Defence barrister Roger Moore told the court he had wanted money to buy drugs and alcohol and was sorry for causing his victim "unpleasantness."

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