Burglar who targeted his godfather is jailed

|News, Violent crime

A teen burglar who stole from his godfather, and subjected him to a sustained and nasty attack leaving him with multiple fractures to his face and internal bleeding on his brain, has been jailed for 10 years.

Jon Paul Evans, of no fixed address, was sentenced for burglary, causing grievous bodily harm and perverting the course of justice at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (4 September).

Evans, 19, broke in to the home of 62-year-old Paul Gerrard on Hillside Road, Great Barr in the early morning of 14 February this year. He ran off when the alarm activated, returning about 25 minutes later in disguise.

Once inside, he deliberately attacked Mr Gerrard by punching him numerous times in his head. The force of the punches caused Mr Gerrard to fall and also fracture his arm.

Evans then went on to steal £1,500 in £2 coins from an upstairs bedroom. He went back downstairs and saw Mr Gerrard lying on the floor semi-conscious with blood by his head and made no efforts to call for medical assistance.

He left the house and drove to his mother’s address. Shortly after the incident, he told his then-girlfriend what he had done.

Evans was arrested a week later and initially denied the offence but then confessed he committed the burglary and the horrific attack on his godfather.

However, while in prison and awaiting trial, he committed the further offence of perverting the course of justice when he called his then-girlfriend twice in April and tried to get her to withdraw her witness statement and not attend court to give evidence.

At the hearing at Birmingham Crown Court, Evans was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm and 10 months for perverting the course of justice.

He was previously convicted of burglary in March this year and sentenced to 27 months. All three sentences are to be served at the same time.

Madhu Rai, from the CPS, said: “This was a violent and deliberate assault by Evans on his godfather.

“The attack was initially motivated by financial gain and later by revenge. Evans knew Mr Gerrard would be at home, that he had money and he felt entitled to that money.

“As a result of his cruel act, Mr Gerrard suffered life-changing fractures and significant brain injuries.

“The sentence imposed by the judge reflects the serious nature of the attack.”

Notes to editors

  • Jon Paul Evans admitted causing grievous bodily harm on 22/7/19 (change of plea), admitted burglary on 25/3/19 and admitted perverting the course of justice on 2/9/19
  • Mr Gerard’s injuries included severe traumatic brain injury (bleeding on brain), significant fractures to his jawbone, complex fractures to left side of his face (over cheek arch, orbit area of the eye socket)
  • Madhu Rai is a Crown Advocate for CPS West Midlands.

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