Masked S Yorks raider jailed for 10 years

James White has been jailed.
James White has been jailed.

A prolific criminal has been locked up for 10 years after two teenage victims helped to bring him to justice.

Masked raider James White, aged 26, armed himself with a screwdriver and burst into the home of two boys while their parents were out.

He demanded they fill up two pillow cases with valuables and fled.

But a court heard how the two youngsters, Younis, 16, and Yusuf Denir, 15, chased him down in the street and got their stolen items back.

White, of Wharf Road, Doncaster, was told he would spend the next decade behind bars at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday.

Jailing him, Judge Simon Lawlor said: “You targeted this premises because you thought there would be money in the house.”

The court heard White wore a balaclava and took a 12 inch screwdriver to the Denir family home on Sandringham Road, Doncaster.

Beverley Tait, prosecuting, said he ran into the bedroom of one of the terrified youths and demanded: “Give me all your mum and dads money or I will stab you”, before pressing the screwdriver up against the boy’s chest.

The boy filled the pillow cases with jewellery, some of which were wedding presents, and cash. His brother heard the commotion and was frantically ringing police from another room.

Ms Tait said White fled the home and the brothers got two knives from the kitchen and went after him.

She added they attacked him in the street during which White “dropped the pillowcases ad his balaclava fell off. He pushed them off and ran off leaving the pillowcases behind.”

White was later arrested and initially denied breaking in on May 20 at 12.30pm, telling police he had an alibi. But he later pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary.

The two boys’ father told police in a statement that the family had been “upset by the whole incident.”

Richard Haigh, defending, said: “Mr White is coming from a very troubled background, there has been very little stability in his life.”

He added that his client had problems with drugs and alcohol, but was now having treatment and was more “stable than he has been for a long time.”

Mr Haigh said White was pulled to the floor, kicked and punched by the two boys, but he did not complain to police as he accepted he should not have been there in the first place.

The court was told of a string of previous convictions against White, including a five year prison sentence for robbery in 2008.

Other offences, dating back to 2000, included common assault, possession of an offensive weapon, theft and burglary.

In passing sentence, Judge Lawlor told him: “There is a significant risk that you will cause serious harm to members of the public again.”