A KNIFE-wielding robber who entered a home and threatened two pensioners has been jailed for 14 years.

Dean Lewis Lee entered the home, in Totton, and used the knife to threaten the two occupants, one aged in their 70s and another in their 60s.

The 28-year-old stole their wallet and a handbag and then left the house.

But Lee was snared by police after the knife he used to rob his victims was found dumped in undergrowth near their property.

Last week, at Southampton Crown Court, he was found guilty of robbery and burglary and sentenced to 14 years in prison.

The court heard how Lee, of no fixed address, entered a house on Downs Park Avenue in Eling, Totton on January 30.

Once inside, he threatened the people inside with a knife, stole their wallet and a handbag and left.

A key piece of evidence was the knife Lee had used, which was recovered from the undergrowth behind the victim’s property.

The knife was forensically examined and Lee’s DNA was found, linking him to the scene.

The handbag he had stolen was recovered a few months after the incident near to Eling Tide Mill.

Lee’s victims, a man in his 70s and woman in her 60s, were left severely affected by the incident.

Lee was found guilty by a jury of two counts of robbery.

He was also sentenced for six months, to run concurrently, for a burglary after he pleaded guilty to breaking into a shed at the same property back in May 2018.