War veteran’s attacker given extended sentence of 15 years

18/05/2015

Harley Newland was today given an extended sentence of fifteen years, with a custodial term of ten years eight months, having savagely attacked an elderly couple in their home and stolen thousands of pounds of their savings. He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to grievous bodily harm, grievous bodily harm with intent, robbery and possession of an imitation firearm at Grimsby Crown Court.

Jeremy Evans, Crown Advocate, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said: "I have rarely dealt with a case of such shocking callousness and brutality.

"On 23 December 2014, an elderly, defenceless couple were violently beaten and robbed at gunpoint in their own home. This was no opportunistic crime committed by a stranger. It was carefully and cynically pre-planned. Newland was already familiar to the couple as an odd job man; so that when he arrived at their house with a cheery wave and bearing a Christmas gift bag, they had no concerns about inviting him in  for a chat and a cup of tea.

"What happened next  was horrific. Without warning, Newland brutally assaulted first Mr Davey and then his wife. He stole £6,000 from them before making off, after having spent nearly three hours in their home.

"He left both with appalling injuries and it is only by great good fortune that the attack was not fatal. The psychological trauma they have experienced will take a long while to heal.

"The victims of this crime are a loving elderly couple, living quietly and independently. What is most remarkable about this appalling case is their courage, dignity and resilience.

"They have demonstrated, in their brave determination to put this incident behind them, a spirit and courage which is quite remarkable. They are so much stronger than the despicable coward who, motivated solely by greed, abused their trust, and robbed and attacked them. I hope that this knowledge, the support of their family, and the sentence handed down to their attacker today, will help them continue on their road to recovery."