A Sheffield man has this week been sentenced to 12-years in prison after being found guilty of aggravated burglary following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.
53-year-old Darren Smith, of Burgoyne Road, Sheffield had pleaded not guilty to the offence, which happened last June.
In the early hours of the morning on Monday 4 June 2018, Smith entered a student house on Mona Road in the Crookes area of Sheffield, armed with a claw hammer.
One of the occupants, a 23-year-old student, heard him enter the property and went to investigate, disturbing Smith and instinctively tried to grab him.
Smith then attempted to strike his victim with the hammer and after a short struggle, managed to escape and fled from the house.
Despite suffering minor injuries, Smith’s victim pursued him on foot for several hundred yards.
Investigating Officer Detective Constable Mike Fordham said this was an important detail in the case.
“Were it not for this young man’s bravery in pursuing Smith, I would not have had an opportunity to gather key evidence, including CCTV footage, which led to the offender’s identification and ultimately his conviction.
“It is thanks to the victim’s actions that we have been able to put Smith behind bars, where he belongs, to protect the public for many years to come.
“I would like to offer my personal thanks to him, he can be very proud of himself. This is my last result before I retire and I am extremely satisfied with the sentence Smith has received.”