|Pair jailed for robbery at pensioners
Guilty: Shaun Sumner and Craig Mackin
Two men have today, Monday 15 September 2008, been sentenced to a total of more than 12 years imprisonment after an elderly woman was robbed at her home in Wigan.
The 88-year-old victim died six weeks after the incident from an unrelated illness.
Shaun David Sumner (born 14/02/1969), of Fir Tree Drive, Lower Ince, Wigan, admitted a charge of robbery and attempted theft at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday 27 June 2008. He was jailed for six years and nine months.
Craig James Mackin (born 13/03/1980), of Sunderland Place, Marsh Green, Wigan, admitted a charge of robbery and attempted theft at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday 10 July 2008. He was jailed for six years.
Shortly after 11pm on Thursday 13 March 2008, an 88-year-old woman, who lived alone on Calico Wood Avenue, Shevington, was awoken when two men, who were wearing stockings over their heads, entered her bedroom.
The woman reached for her walking stick as she attempted to get out of bed. One of the men snatched this away from her and demanded to know where she kept her money.
The pair ransacked the house and one of the offenders even lifted up the mattress that the victim was on.
The men found a number of bankcards and demanded the victim tell them the PIN. One of them then threatened to tie her up if she provided a false pin number. The woman gave the men a wrong number and they then left with the cards, a phone and small amount of cash.
The victim went to a neighbour's house and police were called.
During the investigation it was discovered a number of attempts were made to use the card. Shortly after 1.50pm on Friday 14 March 2008, an attempt was made to withdraw £200 from the Co-op store at Marsh Green, Wigan. Sumner tried to use the card at the cash machine, and Mackin was seen on CCTV standing by.
Officers also examined the stolen phone and found a number of calls had been made - eight of which were made to a former girlfriend of Sumner. A witness also told police she received two calls from Sumner on the stolen phone.
A search of the victim's home established the men had forced their way into the house through a rear window. Forensic officers recovered footprints from a windowsill inside the house.
Sumner was arrested on Sunday 16 March 2008. His mobile phone was found to contain four of the six numbers called from the stolen phone.
Later that day Mackin was arrested on suspicion of robbery and his footwear was found to have distinctive patterns identical to the ones recovered at the scene.
A number of items, identified as belonging to the victim, were also recovered from Makin's address.
Detective Constable John O'Donnell from Wigan CID said: "Makin and Sumner put a frail and vulnerable victim through a terrifying ordeal.
"To compound matters the woman was alone and had to make her way to a neighbour's house in the middle of the night to raise the alarm because these men disabled her telephone and stole her mobile.
"It is a shame she is not here today to see these two nasty criminals brought to justice.
"The convictions came about due to some good old-fashioned police work. I hope this sends a clear message to other people that we will thoroughly investigate these sorts of crimes in a bid to bring offenders to justice."