April 17 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Two boys were ordered to be detained for six years today for killing a partially-sighted pensioner when they mugged her for her handbag.
The judge lifted an anonymity order on Jiervon Bartlett and Nayed Hoque, both 15, because of the seriousness of the case.
They pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Paula Castle, 85, who died of head injuries the day after being pushed to the ground near her home in Greenford, west London, in November, last year.
The pair had followed her down an alleyway as they covered their heads with their hoodies.
They took her bag and left her bleeding and crying out in pain on the ground.
The pair ran back to the nearby care home where they were in secure accommodation after committing a series of violent offences.
The Old Bailey heard they used Mrs Castle’s bank card to top up a mobile phone and order a takeaway meal.
The following day, despite knowing the frail pensioner had been seriously injured, they robbed 75-year-old Rose Mohamed of her bag and money.
Bartlett, of Northolt, west London, and Hoque, of Mile End, east London, were told they would have extended licence periods of four years after serving half their sentences.