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Burglar chased from robbery scene by 93-year-old homeowner

John Brady
John Brady

A 93-year-old woman chased away a burglar who broke into her home, and later gave evidence that led to him being jailed for five years.

John Brady, 47, of no fixed abode, entered the unidentified woman's home and was rummaging through her possessions when she came downstairs and chased him out of the house and garden, said Cambridgeshire Police.

He had targeted the property in Lensfield Road, Cambridge in broad daylight, getting in through open rear doors.

Brady left on a bike with a bag containing about £100 in cash but CCTV evidence obtained from a nearby restaurant led to his conviction.

Detective constable John Collinson said: "This was a calculated, dishonest and utterly immoral act by a man who deliberately targeted an elderly lady in order to steal from her.

"He continued to deny his involvement despite overwhelming evidence.

"As a result, a concerned 93-year-old had to give evidence in court and I would like to commend her bravery in doing so."

He was found guilty of burglary at Cambridge Crown Court on September 1.