A career criminal has been jailed for 16 years for the violent burglary of an elderly woman.
Grandfather Christopher Doughty broke into the Dower House, in Hambledon, and tied up 91-year-old June Langdon and her young carer with tape.
Doughty, 55, and his gang - who have never been caught - ripped the rings from Mrs Langdon’s fingers and threatened to kill her dog unless she told them where the valuables were.
At Southampton Crown Court this afternoon Judge Gary Burrell QC jailed Doughty, from Holly Gardens, Southampton, for 16 years with an extended five years’ licence.
He was also given five years, to run concurrently, for being in possession of a loaded shotgun.
Investigating officer Det Con David Bone said: ‘During his trial at Southampton Crown Court Christopher Doughty was found guilty for his part in an aggravated burglary on East Street in Hambledon on October 8, 2014. The victims, a woman aged in her nineties and her carer, were tied up by men in balaclavas whilst the house was ransacked. During this terrifying ordeal property was damaged and threats were made to kill the elderly woman’s dog. Family heirlooms were stolen along with jewellery and silver worth more than £100,000.
‘Doughty was also found guilty of possessing a loaded rifle, which was found in the back of his Vauxhall Astra. Following an investigation it became clear that the firearm had been stolen at a Southampton address during an aggravated burglary in August. Doughty was found to not have any involvement in the Southampton burglary by the jury.
‘I hope that today’s sentence brings some amount of closure for Doughty’s elderly victim and her carer who have been subjected to a terrible ordeal because of his actions. The length of the sentence sends a clear message that the courts take these kinds of offences very seriously.’