KNIFE-WIELDING robbers who left a vulnerable Chelmsley Wood couple terrified in darkness have been jailed.
Dafydd Llewellyn and Stacey Kempson climbed through the window while the couple were watching TV and threatened them at knifepoint at their Whitebeam Road home.
Llewellyn was armed with a Rambo knife which he put to the face of the wife, who suffers mobility problems, and demanded money and her valuables.
She tried to explain that her necklace was of sentimental value, but he threatened to slit her throat if she did not hand it over, and hit her twice across the face with the back of his hand.
Meanwhile her husband, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was followed into the kitchen by Kempson, who was armed with a screwdriver and demanded his chain, grabbing hold of him and throwing him to the floor.
As well as the couple’s jewellery, Llewellyn and Kempson took a laptop and tablet and their debit cards.
And to make their nightmare ordeal even more frightening, before climbing back out the callous intruders removed fuses and plunged them into darkness.
Llewellyn and Kempson were then involved in a high-speed chase after they had robbed a pensioner of his car at gunpoint a few days later in Coleshill.
At Warwick Crown Court they both pleaded guilty to three charges of robbery, with Llewellyn also admitting having an imitation firearm when committing an offence and dangerous driving.
Llewellyn, 26, of Tennyson Road, Small Heath, Birmingham, was given an extended prison sentence of 15 years, of which he will have to serve at least ten before the Parole Board will even consider releasing him.
He will then be on licence for the rest of that term and for an additional five years after Judge Sylvia de Bertodano found him to be a dangerous offender because of his record.
Kempson, 30, of Barle Grove, Smiths Wood, Solihull, who had no previous convictions, was jailed for seven years, of which she will also serve two-thirds before she is freed.
Olivia Beesley, for Kempson, said at the time she was in a relationship with Llewellyn, but he became possessive and violent, and she took part in the offences because of coercion.
Jailing Llewellyn and Kempson, the Judge told them: “The two of you are here because you have pleaded guilty to some really serious offences.
“In the first they were watching TV when you two climbed into their house wearing face coverings.
“Having taken their possessions and having terrified them you, in a final act, disconnected their electricity, so these two disabled people were left in a darkened house having just been subjected to this ordeal.”