Jail for West Yorkshire robbers who targeted victim, 84

Two robbers who attacked an 84-year-old disabled man in his own home before robbing him have been jailed for a total of almost eight years.

Stephen Padley, 27, was jailed for five years and Anne Marie Liversedge for two years and nine months after they targeted the vulnerable victim in his Wakefield city centre flat.

The pair wanted the cash in order to buy drugs, a court heard.

Leeds Crown Court was told on Monday how Padley was out of prison on licence for burgling the home of an 87-year-old woman at the time of the offence on November 19 this year.

Alisha Kaye, prosecuting, said the 84-year-old victim had to pretend he was suffering from chest pains in order to get the pair to leave his home.

Padley, from Arundel Close, Wakefield city centre, and Liversedge, of Ings Beck Mews, also in Wakefield city centre, attacked the man, who has to use walking sticks, as he made his way home from his local pub around midnight.

He was pushed in the back as he opened the foyer door at the entrance to his block of flats.

Padley and Liversedge then emptied his pockets before forcing him into the lift and taking him up to his flat.

Once inside the property, they stole 350 in cash and electrical items.

The pair were arrested after they were caught on CCTV trying to sell the goods at a Cash Converters store – which pays money for electrical goods.

Miss Kaye said Padley had a long criminal record dating back to when he was a juvenile, mainly for burglary.

He was jailed for five years in 2007 for burgling the home of the elderly woman.

Rob Casey, mitigating, said Padley could remember very little of the attack because he was high on crack cocaine.

He accepted that he would receive another lengthy prison sentence but asked Judge James Goss to give him credit for his early guilty plea.

Mr Casey said Padley was ashamed of his behaviour and wanted to write to the victim to apologise.

Jon Wilkinson, for Liversedge, said Padley was the "prime mover" in the attack. He said Liversedge had a much less serious criminal record, mainly for shoplifting.

She had got involved in the robbery as a result of her association with Padley.

Jailing them, Judge Goss said: "(The victim] was also robbed of his

self confidence.

"He is now scared to go out and will probably never recover from what you did to him on that night."

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