A prolific burglar has been jailed for over 10 years after he attacked an 89-year-old man in his own home.
Carl Haddock, 55, of Victoria Road, Birmingham, pleaded guilty at Chester Crown Court to one count of robbery, one count of burglary and two of attempted burglary.
On Sunday 3 June, the 89-year-old victim was awoken in his Handbridge property by a scratching sound. The victim went downstairs and saw a figure in his garden. The victim opened the door to ask him what he was doing and Haddock then punched the victim to his chest which caused him to fall to the ground.
Haddock then start shouting “where is the money, where is the gold” before he stole money. The victim managed to crawl into the living room and locked himself in. Haddock banged on the door before going upstairs to steal more items. Whilst Haddock was occupied the victim managed to escape the house and alert a neighbour who called the police.
The second incident, on Sunday 24 June, was in the city centre. The victim awoke at about 4.30am and went downstairs and discovered the lounge light on and a man he didn’t know, which was Haddock, then walked out of his property, pushing past him on the way out.
The two attempted burglaries offences saw Haddock caught on CCTV trying doors, unsuccessfully, on Salmon Leap, Handbridge.
In total Haddock was jailed for 10 years and five months.
Detective Constable Gareth Yates said: “Haddock had no regard for his victims and viciously attacked an elderly man in his own home to try and steal from him.
“The sentence handed down reflects the seriousness of his offending and the life of crime Haddock has embarked on. I hope that the victims can have some closure as a result of the sentence.”