Leeds pensioner’s killer is sent back to prison

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A BURGLAR who killed a 91-year-old Leeds pensioner has been sent back to prison after he broke into a family home.

Mark Fitzgerald, also known as Wilkins, was responsible for the death of Lily Myers at her flat in Alwoodley in 2002.

It was a crime which shocked the city.

A court heard how Fitzgerald threw her to the floor as he snatched the pensioner’s handbag while carrying a drawer containing her jewellery.

Mrs Myers was left lying in agony with a broken collar bone and fractured neck.

In hospital she developed pneumonia and died four weeks later.

Fitzgerald served seven years in prison after being found guilty of manslaughter but cleared of murder.

The career criminal has been returned to prison after a Leeds Crown Court heard how broke into a family home in Pudsey on September 15 this year.

Fitzgerald was disturbed as he was in the nursery of the property. He fled with £3,000 in cash but arrested by police near to the property.

Fitzgerald, of Nowell Place, Harehills, pleaded guilty to burglary.

The court heard he was on licence at the time of the incident. James Littlehales, mitigating, said Fitzgerald pleaded guilty to the offence at the earliest opportunity.

Mr Littlehales said Fitzgerald was now suffering from medical difficulties.

He was sentenced to two years and four months.

At the trial in 2003, a jury at Leeds Crown Court cleared Fitzgerald of murder but found him guilty of manslaughter, breaking into Mrs Myers’s home and four other burglaries.

In 2006, the Court of Appeal quashed the manslaughter conviction and ordered a retrial.

But another Leeds Crown Court jury convicted Fitzgerald of manslaughter again and the judge imposed a prison term which would mean the same time in custody as the original sentence.