Youth convicted of assaulting 80-year-old woman


A teenager, who cold-called an elderly couple in order to repair their roof which was not in need of fixing, has today been given a 12-month referral order, as well as ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation after he pleaded guilty at Cannock Magistrates' Court of inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent on an 80-year-old woman.

On 28 November 2016, the 17-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, visited the home of the couple in Stafford along with two other males and started to look around the outside of the property and placed a ladder against the house to look on the roof. 

The couple became suspicious and the victim asked her husband to call the police. The husband attempted to take a photograph of the youth while the victim challenged the defendant and began to write down the registration of his van.

On seeing what she was doing, the youth grabbed hold of the piece of paper held by the victim to her chest area and as he grabbed the paper the victim spun around and fell to the ground breaking her wrist.

Members of the public saw the incident and they wrote down the registration of the van and alerted the police. The Ford Transit van was spotted in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, the following day and the youth was arrested. He was charged with and pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.

Lorraine Anson, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Targeting someone because they are older makes a crime even more serious, so it is important that together we bring these people to justice - whether they be strangers, carers or family members.

"The defendant cold-called the couple with regards to their roof, however, the victim quickly became suspicious and as she tried to take down the registration of his van, she was assaulted causing her to break her wrist.

"We would like to remind everyone to remain vigilant at all times when individuals cold-call - always check for identification and if in doubt, close the door and call the police."