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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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Three years for robber who grabbed pensioner by throat

A thug who burst into a vulnerable pensioner’s home and grabbed him by the throat while demanding money has been sent to prison for three years.

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Sean Carr

Sean Michael Carr, 21, of North Road, Whitehaven, stormed into the home of a 69-year-old man from Bransty and made a series of demands for cash and a Sky television box.

Carr, and an accomplice, demanded that the man hand over his Sky box and then asked the pensioner to pay £20 to keep it, something which he said he didn’t have.

After the pensioner refused to hand over the box, Carr told him he would take his telephone and Post Office money card.

Beccy McGregor, prosecuting, said after the man did not give in to Carr’s demands, he turned violent and made threats to kill him.

“He took him by the neck, put his hand into his pocket, went in his wallet and took his card,” she said.

“Carr then went to his fridge and removed food.”

After the elderly man had pleaded with Carr not to take his food, a witness said they heard him say “I’m going to kill you if you don’t give me what you owe” before swearing at the pensioner.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Carr had befriended his victim and was allowed to sleep on his couch for months before deciding to steal from him.

After the incident the terrified pensioner knocked on his neighbour’s door asking for help.

Sentencing Carr, who had earlier pleaded guilty, Judge Paul Batty condemned the “wicked” offence.

“The elderly man in this case is a gentleman who had befriended you and permitted you to sleep on his couch for a number of months.

“It is perfectly clear to me you preyed upon his good nature with him being both vulnerable and elderly.”

Judge Batty also said that Carr had “told a pack of lies” to the police and tried to convince a friend who was with him at the time to give officers a false alibi.

Carr’s lawyer Gregg Hall argued that the offence fell into the lowest category of robbery for sentencing but the judge said he did not consider the holding of an elderly man by the throat to fall into that category and said any suggestion that it did was an “insult to the English language”.

“You are 21 years of age, I don’t wish to crush you but the elderly in this county deserve the protection of the courts,” added the judge.

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