THREE men who burgled the home of an 82-year-old man and stole a heart monitor as he slept have been jailed.
Anthony Lenehan, 20, of Hall Crescent, Peterlee, Aaron Lee Cammock, 20, of Morpeth Street, and Gavin Muir, 19, of Smillie Road, both Horden, each admitted burglary on December 8 last year.
Durham Crown Court heard that among the property stolen was a heart monitor which the victim needed to check his blood pressure.
In a statement read to the court, the victim said the burglary had devastated him.
“I live alone since the death of my wife,” the statement said. “It was a great shock to be awoken by police officers in my bedroom telling me I had been burgled.
“Since this happened I have been unable to sleep properly and have lost my appetite.
“I hope those responsible get the maximum sentence.”
Prosecutor Shaun Dryden told the court three men were arrested after a witness saw one of them leaving the house in Peterlee carrying a television.
Lawyers for the three men said each was sorry for what they had done.
The Recorder Ben Nolan sent Lenehan and Muir to a young offenders’ institution for 12 months, and Cammock for 15 months. The recorder said: “The victim, who lost his wife a short time ago, was asleep in bed on a cold winter’s night when you entered his home and burgled it. Anyone who burgles the elderly must understand a sentence of custody will follow.”