A ROBBER who terrorised an elderly couple in their own home has been jailed for nine years.
Felix Purcell, 39, is unlikely to be released until 2014 for the attack that left his 81-year-old victim with cuts, bruises and swelling on January 22.
He broke into the Blacon home of John Mullins and assaulted him as his wife, 79-year-old Angela – who has limited mobility – was in another room at around 8.20pm.
Mr Mullins, of Hillside Road, fought back when Purcell assaulted him but the thief got away with a wallet, cash, jewellery and bank cards.
Purcell, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery as his two-day trial was due to start at Warrington Crown Court on Tuesday.
Mr and Mrs Mullins said: “This was a horrendous ordeal for both of us. We have had seven months of hell leading up to the trial but we now feel justice has been done through this sentence.
“We are thankful to the police and everyone who supported us through this.”
DS Mike Ankers, of the Western Area CID, added: “This was a very distressing incident for Mr and Mrs Mullins and their family. It was also an emotive crime for everyone involved in the case because of the vulnerability of the victims and the violence that took place.
“The sentence reflects the suffering caused to the Mullins family and I hope it serves to bring them some degree of comfort that the culprit will be behind bars for a significant amount of time.”
Sentencing Purcell to nine years in prison, Judge Elgan Edwards commended the work of the team investigating the robbery and Mr Mullins for the way he tried to defend his wife.