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Crook who left OAP badly hurt after robbery bid is jailed for almost seven years

Raymond Adams

A MAN who left a pensioner seriously injured after trying to rob him in his own home has been jailed for almost seven years.

Raymond Adams, 56, entered his elderly victim’s Workington home after being invited inside on June 2 having made a demand for money two weeks earlier.

But once in the address, he ordered the 74-year-old man to hand over £100. When he refused, Adams chillingly told him: “When I’ve finished with you, you won’t need an ambulance – you’ll need a body bag.”

Adams then picked up a metal bar and repeatedly set about the pensioner, who raised his arms in a desperate bid to defend himself. He fled to the kitchen but attempts to open drawers to grab implements – and pick up a spray paint can – to fight off the would-be robber were thwarted and met with further iron bar blows.

Adams reduced his cash demands to £50 and then £20 before eventually fleeing empty-handed.

The householder’s range of serious injuries to his upper and lower body included fractures to both hands, along with bruising to his chest and legs.

Adams, of Cusack Crescent, admitted attempted robbery, and was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today (FRI).

Judge Peter Davies passed a jail term of six years and eight months, telling Adams he was guilty of “very serious offending indeed”.

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