Jail for burglary duo who attacked pensioner with imitation weapon

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An armed thug who battered a pensioner with the barrel of a sawn-off shotgun has been jailed for eight years.

Karl Hill, 44, from Dewsbury, struck 65-year-old Daniel Barr repeatedly with the imitation weapon after bursting into the victim’s home in Whitby.

Mr Barr thought he was going to die as he was given a “thorough beating” on July 2 last year, York Crown Court heard.

Hill and his sidekick Dean Firth, 46, left their victim semi-conscious before rifling through drawers in the mistaken belief he had large amounts of cash and cannabis.

They grabbed a small amount of cash, bank cards and an Omega watch before running outside, where 77-year-old Alan Bendelow, also from Dewsbury, was waiting to drive them back to their home town. But the trio were arrested when police stopped them on the way.

Firth, of Green Close, Dewsbury, and Hill, of Halifax Road, admitted aggravated burglary.

Firth was jailed for six years and eight months.

Bendelow was cleared of criminal involvement.