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Robbers target 89-year-old man in his Wolverhampton home

By Liam Keen | Whitmore Reans | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

Two thieves have been jailed after forcing their way into a 89-year-old man's home in Wolverhampton.

John Palmer and Gillian Boyle

John Palmer and Gillian Boyle targeted the pensioner's home on Newhampton Road West, near West Park, in the early hours of Saturday January 19.

After the victim answered the door to Boyle, Palmer then forced his way inside and put his hand over the elderly man's mouth.

Boyle then searched the home and stole cash and a mobile phone, before the pair fled.

Officers then arrested the thieves just over 12 hours later.

Palmer, aged 52, of Dickens Road, The Scotlands, and Boyle, aged 47, of Newhampton Road West, Whitmore Reans, were both convicted after a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

They were both sentenced on June 7 to six years and nine months in prison.

DC Claire Gibbons, from force CID in Wolverhampton, said: "These heartless criminals had no hesitation in leaving an elderly man scared for his life in his own home.

"He struggled to breathe as a hand was placed over his mouth and then had to watch while his property was searched for money.

"Following quick time enquiries we were able to identify Palmer and Boyle as the robbers and promptly arrest them.

"They are now off the streets and unable to target anyone else after losing their freedom for a number of years."

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319688.

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