Man found guilty of unprovoked attack on 84 year-old pensioner

14/02/2012

Darrell Morfett, aged, 51, was today found guilty at Coventry Magistrates court for assaulting an 84 year-old victim whilst he was riding his mobility scooter along Holbrook Lane in Coventry last September.

The attack left the victim frightened to go outside his home for fear that the defendant may recognise him and do the same again.

Fred Pilkington, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This was an unprovoked attack on a frail and vulnerable victim who was struck to the back of his head whilst he was riding his scooter along side the road into oncoming traffic.

"Due to this attack, the victim was too afraid to leave his home and therefore, unable to give evidence at the hearing. Fortunately the incident was witnessed by two members of the public who came forward and testified in court that they witnessed Darrell Morfett verbally and physically abuse the 84 year-old.

"I would like to thank the witnesses for coming forward and giving evidence because without them the case could not have been brought before the courts.

"Targeting individuals because they are old, infirm or vulnerable makes a crime even more serious. Today's conviction is important in showing that we are taking the mistreatment of older people seriously.

"Living in free from crime is a basic human right and we urge any older person suffering criminal mistreatment to come forward and report such offences, confident that the CPS understands the serious nature of these crimes. We are working with our partners in the criminal justice system to ensure that offenders are brought to justice.

Darrell Morffet will be sentenced at Coventry Magistrates court on 7 March 2012.