A knife-wielding burglar who held a blade to a terrified youngster’s face in the boy’s own home, minutes after fleeing two attempted robberies, has been jailed.
Diesel Cookson, of Springcroft Drive, Scawthorpe, stormed into the home of two young brothers and held blades to the knife and throat of the older boy.
His horrified younger brother ran away and hid in the cellar and both boys have refused to go back to their home after the terror ordeal.
Cookson, aged 19, was branded a ‘dangerous man’ as he was sent to prison for 10 years at Sheffield Crown Court.
Beverley Tait, prosecuting, told the court Cookson had entered One Stop convenience store on Beckett Road with his ‘hood pulled across his face’ at 10.15pm on May 2.
A shop worker watched Cookson walk around the store before he went through an employee’s coat in the back of the shop.
Ms Tait said: “The worker came into the staff room and saw Cookson carrying a knife.
“He then went to the security gate and Cookson said, ‘Have you got any money?’”
The victim said no and Cookson left empty handed.
Minutes later, Cookson ‘calmly’ entered Sugar Ray Pizza takeaway on the same road and tried to take money from the till while leaning over the counter and brandishing a knife.
After being chased out of the shop, Cookson then went into the young brothers’ house nearby through an unlocked back door.
The court heard how two youngsters, aged 13 and 17, were home alone as their parents were out.
Ms Tait said Cookson walked into the 17-year-old’s bedroom carrying a knife in each hand and put them to the mouth and throat of the victim.
The 13-year-old ran off and hid in the cellar when he saw Cookson threatening his older brother.
In a statement, the 17-year-old said: “I thought I was going to be killed, I told him he could take anything he wanted.
“I now have trouble with my sight as all I see is the man carrying the knives in my bedroom. I also struggle to sleep.”
The boys’ mother said: “The children refuse to go back to the house. It has ruined my life and my family life.”
Ms Tait said Cookson was a ‘serial offender’ who has committed 62 offences with 37 convictions – the first aged 13.
Cookson pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted robbery, one count of aggravated burglary and one count of possession of a bladed article.
Lucy Brown, defending said Cookson accepted responsibility and vowed to change.
She said: “He is disgusted and ashamed of his behaviour.”
Sentencing Cookson, Judge Jonathan Durham-Hall QC said: “You are a dangerous man, there is no doubt about it.
“You put a carving knife to the young man’s face who feared death – this is truly appalling.”