A PAIR of robbers who attacked a pensioner outside her own home and took a £26,000 engagement ring from her finger have been jailed for a total of 29 years.
But a judge slammed a probation service report which recommended that convicted killer Dean Stubley be spared jail and instead be given a community punishment.
Stubley, 40, has a previous conviction for manslaughter and was out of prison on licence when he took part in the robbery of the 67-year-old victim in the Alwoodley area of Leeds.
He was given an extended prison sentence totalling 17 years.
His accomplice, Casey Lee, 36 was jailed for 12 years after the pair were found guilty of robbery by a jury. Leeds Crown Court heard Stubley, Lee and two other unknown men followed the victim through Leeds before attacking her yards from the door of her flat as she got out of her car.
One of the men approached her and tried to grab her handbag but she fought back. Two other masked men then joined in the attack and forced her to get on the floor and remove the engagement ring which had belonged to the victim’s late mother.
The court heard the victim, who was ordered to stay on the ground until the gang had gone, is still suffering the psychological effects of the attack almost two years later.
The engagement ring – which she used to wear to feel close to her mother – has never been recovered.