South Yorkshire man and teenager jailed for robbery of 'vulnerable' elderly woman

A man and a teenage boy from South Yorkshire have been jailed for a combined total of over 18 years for the robbery of an elderly disabled woman.

Monday, 11th July 2016, 12:49 pm
Updated Monday, 11th July 2016, 1:56 pm
Tony Andrew Nuttall, 29, was sentenced to 14 years behind bars

Tony Andrew Nuttall, 29, was sentenced to 14 years behind bars on Friday, July 8 after a jury found him guilty of robbery and handling stolen goods in May this year.

Also appearing to be sentenced on Friday was a 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons. He was charged alongside Nuttall with robbery, burglary and fraud.

The teen entered guilty pleas at an earlier hearing and was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison.

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On Monday, November 23 last year, police were called to an address in Summer Lane, Wombwell, following reports a group had broken into the property and stolen a number of items including a chequebook and handbags.

Three days later on Thursday, November 26, the group went back to the same house where they threatened and assaulted the resident, a disabled 63-year-old woman, in the middle of the night. The group made off with a large number of valuables and sentimental items.

One of the group then attempted to cash a cheque from the victim’s chequebook at a local bank, but staff were suspicious and alerted police.

The police traced Nuttall to his home in Blythe Street, Wombwell, where they recovered a large amount of property connected to the burglary and robbery.

Detective Constable Oliver Williams from Barnsley said: “Burglary is an intrusive and scary crime for victims to experience, but in this case Nuttall and others went back to the same property a second time and subjected our victim – a vulnerable woman – to a violent assault.

“I can’t imagine how terrifying this must have been and a thorough investigation has led to successful convictions at court for these crimes. The swift actions of the bank staff to report suspicious behaviour was massively important in helping us identify those responsible, and I thank them for their assistance.

“The lengthy sentence handed to Nuttall reflects the gravity of his crime and I am pleased that both he and the teenager are behind bars."