Carjacker jailed for 14 years


Andrew Jones, aged 34, from Oldbury has today been sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court to 14 years’ imprisonment after he was found guilty at an earlier hearing of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, robbery and burglary.

On the evening of 10 May 2015, the 78-year-old victim, Reginald Stocking, was moving his Peugeot 207 motor vehicle to a private car park when he was attacked by Jones. The victim had his car stolen together with £80 in cash that was in the vehicle. 

The attack left Mr Stocking with significant head injuries, which caused him to be hospitalised for a period of time.

Following the attack the defendant used the victim's car to travel to Tipton where he committed a burglary. He was also captured on CCTV returning to his ex-partner's address in West Bromwich in order to deposit a flat screen television at that address.

West Midlands Police received information that Jones had committed the offence on 15 May 2015, and once sufficient evidence had been obtained, Jones was arrested by the police and charged with the offences of which he was to be found guilty.

Ian Crooks, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said:

"The conviction of Andrew Jones of these offences is the culmination of some excellent work between the police and the CPS. Evidence was obtained, which including CCTV footage and data from Jones's mobile phone, to place him in Chapel Street at the time of the attack on Mr Stocking.  That evidence, as well as that of witnesses who were brave enough to testify against him, proved crucial in allowing the jury to return guilty verdicts.

"The attack on Mr Stocking can only be described as heinous and cowardly.  The defendant displayed a flagrant disregard for his elderly victim and has shown no remorse throughout the case."