Woman jailed for robbing blind pensioner, 92, who was self-isolating at home

A woman who attacked a 92-year-old blind man in his own home and smashed sentimental ornaments belonging to his late wife has been jailed for more than five years.

Rebecca Rogers, 29, targeted the frail pensioner while he was in self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic. Showing no regard for his health she barged her way inside and ransacked his home, in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, stealing his wallet and £100 from a shoe box.

She even pocketed £10 from under an ashtray in the kitchen which the man had left there to give to his carer so she could buy some flowers as a ‘thank you’ for helping him during lockdown. He was then shoved to the floor, hitting his head, as she escaped.

Rogers, from Barnsley, admitted robbery at Leeds Crown Court and was sentenced to five years and seven months.

Judge Neil Clark told her: ‘This is a particularly mean and unpleasant offence. Your victim was elderly and, due to Covid, was in isolation.

‘By going in you showed no regard for his health and safety. You endangered his health due to the risk of this virus.’

Paul Nicholson, prosecuting, said the victim was registered blind and answered a knock at the door from Rogers at 11am on April 10.

Mr Nicholson said: ‘He said she could not come in because he was self-isolating. The defendant said “Well I’m coming in” and pushed him out of the way into the conservatory.’

The court heard Rogers smashed ornamental plates which had belonged to the victim’s late wife.

After the ordeal, he was asked by police if they were valuable and told officers: ‘Not to anyone else but they were to me.’

Neighbours were alerted when they heard a ‘massive crash’ coming from the property accompanied by Rogers’ voice and she was arrested nearby a short time later.

Defending, James Littlehales said Rogers committed the offence to fund her addiction to drugs.

He told the court she had targeted the frail pensioner to steal from him, rather than use any force, adding: ‘There is a genuine expression of regret and remorse.’