Violent robber jailed over Doncaster home attack

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A Doncaster man who threatened and attacked a dad in his own home, as his baby son lay metres away, has been jailed.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Patrick Reilly paid an acquaintance a series of terrifying visits in a bid to extort money from him, after claiming he knew his victim grew cannabis.

The court heard Reilly threatened to ‘smash his head in’ if the victim did not hand over £600 in exchange for the information.

Reilly, of Broadway, Dunscroft, visited his victim’s home four times between February 10 and 11 – and on one occasion stole the man’s back door key, telling him ‘now I can return any time I want’.

The 22-year-old was initially offered a TV by his victim, who claimed he did not have any money.

Reilly accepted it at first, but later began demanding that the man ‘pawned’ the television for him.

In his final visit, Reilly burst into the man’s property, as he was looking after his baby son.

He told him he was going to smash his head in, before grabbing the man and beginning to squeeze his neck.

In desperation, the complainant said ‘what about my 19-month-old son’ who was just metres away at the time of the incident, at which point Reilly took his hands off his neck but picked up a glass ashtray and threatened to smash it over his head.

Reilly eventually put the ashtray down before blowing the contents over the man.

Reilly admitted robbery and perverting the course of justice, and was jailed for a total of five years.