ALAN Lowtham's life is in ruins after he was abducted and taken back to his flat where he was held at knifepoint and robbed of £5,000 in savings.
Now the man who admitted driving the attackers to Mr Lowtham's home on Hoole Lane, Chester and then lying in wait for him, has been sent to prison for 14 months for aiding a robbery.
Following Monday's court hearing, Mr Lowtham's two sisters spoke of their outrage at what they described as the 'disgusting' sentence.
One of them, Florence Horton, said: 'He will be in jail for seven months and my brother Alan has been given a life sentence.'
At Chester Crown Court Melvin Jones, 20, of Gwengallt,Ty-Crows, Anglesey, claimed he was forced under duress to drive two robbers to Mr Lowtham's flat on Hoole Lane on June 9.
The trio stayed in the vehicle overnight until they saw Mr Lowtham leave his flat the following morning. While Jones waited in the car, the other men forced Mr Lowtham, 54, back into his home where they held him hostage, tied him up and put a knife to his throat before making off with £5,000.
Mrs Horton, of Brook Street, Newtown, says the men threatened to cut off her brother's testicles if he didn't tell them where his money was.
She said: 'They would have done it. Alan was absolutely terrified.
He says he had to tell them because he was sure they would carry out the threat.'
His other sister, Pauline McHugh, who lives next door, added: 'His nerves are shattered; he won't do anything alone and is afraid to stay in his flat.
'He has to go into a mental hospital soon because the ordeal has made him mentally ill. The doctors have told him he is dangerously thin and it is all because of what happened.'
And the sisters do not accept Jones' plea of duress. Mrs McHugh said: 'How could they believe that he was forced to do it? He didn't just drive them there, he waited overnight with them as well.
'You can't tell me he didn't know what they were up to. Alan is still suffering because of him, he is at my house every day and we have to walk him home.
'He is so thin, it's all we can do to get him to eat. He saved that money all his life and now he is broke.'
But Judge Stephen Clarke accepted Jones thought he was only helping the men to carry out a burglary.
Michael Chambers, defending, said Jones was approached by one of the robbers a few days before the attack.
He said: 'He needed a driver for the planned robbery as he had written his own car off in an accident the day before.
'Mr Jones was genuinely horrified when he realised what exactly was going on. When he saw them swoop on the victim, he immediately drove away.'
Now Mrs Horton and Mrs McHugh feel justice will not be done until the other two men are arrested.
Mrs Horton said: 'The police know who the other two men are but think they have gone abroad with Alan's money, but nobody seems to be making an effort to go and get them.'
A Chester police spokesman said: 'At the moment there are no ongoing proceedings against another person linked to this case.'