Knife-point drive robbery ends with 14 years in jail

Convicted - Ricky Langford.
Convicted - Ricky Langford.

A MASKED robber who terrified a couple during a knife-point raid at their home has been jailed for 14 years.

Ricky Langford was one of two men who carried out the raid in which they stole a car off a driveway.

The couple living at the address in Morley Road, Conisbrough, were aware someone was trying to gain entry to their home. They went outside where they were threatened on their driveway by Langford and Kyle Roberts, who were both wearing masks and one of them was holding a large knife.

They demanded the keys for one of the two vehicles on the driveway and stole one of the cars.

It was crashed five minutes later in Sheffield Road.

Roberts, 25, was found close to the vehicle, arrested and charged with robbery. He pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court last June.

Langford, 23, was later identified through forensic examination of the car. He was arrested and charged with robbery, however he pleaded not guilty and was found guilty following a trial.

He was jailed for 14-and-a-half years at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday. Langford must serve a minimum of seven years.

Roberts is due to be setenced later this month following the robbery on April 3, 2011.

Both Langford and Roberts were of no fixed address.

Det Cons Jon White, speaking after Langford was locked up said: “I feel the sentence given reflects the horrific ordeal that the couple were put through and that they will now be able to move on with their lives and hopefully put this behind them.”