A MAN who left an elderly couple traumatised after snatching family heirlooms from their home has lost an appeal against
A MAN who left an elderly couple traumatised after snatching family heirlooms from their home has lost an appeal against his prison sentence.
Luke William Verran ransacked the couple’s home in Western Avenue, Henley, after breaking in through a window, the Appeal Court heard.
His victims were away at the time as it was during this year’s Henley Royal Regatta in July.
They were “devastated” when they discovered the burglary in which £400 worth of jewellery was taken. Some of the items had been in the family since childhood.
The couple’s health had deteriorated badly since the burglary, the court heard. Verran, of Mill Lane, Benson, was jailed for two years and two weeks at Oxford Crown Court in August after admitting burglary.
Judge Peter Collier QC, sitting with Mr Justice Irwin, noted that Verran had been drinking at the time but had since expressed “genuine remorse”.
But dismissing his appeal, he rejected claims that the crime was “impulsive”.
“There was a level of targeting and planning,” said the judge, adding that a stiff sentence acted as a deterrent to others.
He added: “The level of trauma in this case was clearly very high.”