Man sentenced to 12 years in prison for the robbery of a man in his 70s at his Chandler's Ford home
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A man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the robbery of a vulnerable man in his 70s at a Chandler’s Ford address.
Tommy O’Leary, 50, of Colson Close, Winchester, appeared at Southampton Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 15 June) where he was sentenced following the incident, which took place on March 26 this year.
The court heard how at approximately 1.20pm O’Leary had entered the address of the victim, who is partially deaf and registered blind. He hit the victim, who was sat in a chair in his lounge, over the head with a bottle of beer, causing two lacerations to his forehead. The man’s pockets were then searched by O’Leary and a tablet, two phones and a specialist landline which had been adapted for the man’s vulnerabilities were all taken.
The victim managed to alert a neighbour once O’Leary had left the property, who then called police.
Officers attended the scene a short time later and, based off of information provided by witnesses, they located O’Leary outside of a nearby address. The items that had been reported stolen were located inside the property and O’Leary was arrested.
He was later charged with robbery and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
O’Leary pleaded guilty to these offences at Southampton Crown Court on April 28and has now been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Police Staff Investigator Sarah Stewart, who led this investigation, said: “This was a savage and violent attack on a vulnerable, elderly man in his own home, where he should have been safe.
“We are pleased that O’Leary will now face the consequences of his actions and spend a considerable amount of time in prison for what he has done.
“The bravery of this man in supporting the investigation should be commended, and I also want to thank his neighbours and members of the public who came to his aid and assisted police with vital information early on which led to O’Leary’s swift arrest.
“I sincerely hope that the victim can now begin to move forward with his life knowing that O’Leary is safely behind bars.”