The mother of a callous burglar who robbed a 91-year-old widower has apologised for his ‘horrendous’ crime – and said he deserved longer than six years in jail.
Vile Kevin McLarnon, 39, broke into frail William Lewis’s home at 2am, walked into his bedroom and demanded: “Give me some money.”
He then spent an hour in the terrified pensioner’s home, sifting through his belongings until leaving with his wallet and bank cards.
McLarnon also stole treasured jewellery belonging to Mr Lewis’s late wife and sister.
The heartbroken OAP became ill after the ordeal and had to move out of his family home of more than 40 years to live in residential care.
In a victim impact statement Mr Lewis said he was “devastated” by the loss of his wife’s jewellery and too scared to remain in his home.
McLarnon, who has 58 previous convictions, was jailed for six years by a judge who told him: “What you did had a simply appalling effect on Mr Lewis.”
His mother Wendy, a carer, described her son’s actions as “awful” and said he had a drug problem.
She said: “What my son has done is absolutely horrendous.
“I would like to apologise so much to the family of Mr Lewis. It is just awful what he has done and I say that as a carer too.
“If there is anything I could do for the family of Mr Lewis, I would do it.”
She added: “I was horrified to hear what he had done and his siblings are horrified too.
“He is very lucky to have only got six years. I would have liked it to have been longer.”
Gloucester Crown Court heard that Mr Lewis was asleep at home at 2.20am when he awoke to see McLarnon standing in his bedroom.
Prosecuting, Janine Wood said: “He kept asking for money. He pushed Mr Lewis out of the way so he could take some items from the shelves.
“After 20 minutes the defendant returned to his room and said ‘If I can’t get what I want I’ll be back’.”
McLarnon’s DNA was found in the house and Mr Lewis picked him out from a selection of photos shown to him by police.
In a victim impact statement, the traumatised pensioner told the court: “To wake up and find a stranger in my house was absolutely terrifying.
“I was very scared and didn’t know what was going to happen and what the person might do to me.
“I am scared to go home so have been forced to live in residential care. I now have to spend my family’s inheritance on being looked after.
“I am devastated by the loss of my late wife’s jewellery.”
McLarnon, of Stroud, Glos., was jailed for four years for burglary in 2003.
After coming out of prison for burglary offences in 2014, he went to live with his mum in Dursley, Wilts. and managed to stay out of trouble for seven months.
But after moving out his mother said he got in with the “wrong crowd” and shut his family out.
She said: “This is the worst he has done though. None of the other offences have harmed people.”
McLarnon pleaded guilty to robbing Mr Lewis on April 1 this year and burgling two other houses in Stroud.
He was jailed for a total of six years by Recorder Jeremy Barnes on Friday.