St Leonards woman jailed after robbing OAP

Karima Burnett
Karima Burnett

A WOMAN from St Leonards has been jailed for six years after admitting carrying out a terrifying robbery at the home of a pensioner in the town.

Karima Burnett, 25, of Howlett Close, was arrested by detectives from Hastings CID in connection with a robbery in Churchill Court, Stonehouse Drive, St Leonards.

A 70-year-old resident living in a flat in Hollington told police that jobless Burnett, who he knew as an acquaintance, had called at his home on June 17 this year and asked to use the toilet.

He had reluctantly let her in. But when he went to get her a drink of water that she had also asked for, a male accomplice entered his flat and threatened him with a knife.

The pair then searched through his flat looking for money and making threats.

The pensioner was assaulted and sustained bruising to his arms after being knocked to the ground.

Burnett and her accomplice then left the flat taking with them a Toshiba television worth £250.

Following an interview with detectives, Burnett was charged with robbery on June 20 and remanded in custody where she remained until the matter was heard at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (November 22).

When she appeared in court Burnett pleaded guilty to the robbery and was sentenced to six years imprisonment. DC Paul Casey of Hastings Priority Crime Team said, “This was a particular nasty crime in that an elderly resident was subject to a sustained attack and whilst his flat was ransacked he lay injured on the floor.

“The sentence imposed by the Crown Court Judge was justified and a reminder of the seriousness of this crime.”