A "hardman" stole two dogs and punched a mum in the face in front of her teenage kids.

Lewis Parker, 27, had been drinking with a friend last month and claimed he was taken advantage of when they got him to steal dogs to settle an argument over money.

He walked into a house in Thurcroft, Rotherham, and stole two Pomeranian dogs while two boys, aged 13 and 16, were inside, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

One of the boys alerted their mum - who was out at the time - before she went on to contact her partner, YorkshireLive reports.

Sheffield Crown Court heard how Parker walked into a house in Thurcroft, Rotherham, and stole two Pomeranian dogs (


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All four of them found Parker, the dogs and those who recruited him later on at a different address.

Brian Outhwaite, prosecuting, said Parker held one of the dogs around the neck, threw one to the ground and even threatened to kill them as their terrified owners and two teenage boys watched on.

Parker, of Maltby, also punched the mum twice in the head before one of the dogs yelped in pain having been launched to the ground.

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The terrified victims all went back home and locked their doors petrified of any further attacks.

Parker did not get into the house but he damaged a Mercedes car that was parked on their driveway.

Parker admitted burglary, assault and criminal damage in relation to the ordeal.

He was sentenced after breaching a restraining order and criminal damage committed against a former partner.

He was described as a "hardman" by his victims and witnesses who were with the 16-year-old boy added that he knew Parker had a reputation.

The court heard he had attended his ex’s home and thrown bricks through her window.

He was also sentenced for a separate offence of assault and criminal damage for punching a man on August 27 in Rotherham and damaging his van to the value of £800.

Recorder Mark McKone QC sentenced him to three years and eight months in prison after he admitted all charges.

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