Heartless Hanley couple robbed drunk of £2k left by his dad
A COUPLE who robbed a homeless alcoholic of £2,000 cash have been jailed.
Kevin McMann and Susan Dean targeted Peter Dring as he sat on a bench by industrial units at Festival Park, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard.
He had about £2,000 cash, the last of his father's will, in his bag and was drinking cider when the pair approached.
Prosecutor Neil Ahuja said: "McMann asked if he was an alcoholic and said he was too. He started drinking with him, talking, watching a film on the victim's iPhone and listening to music on his radio.
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"The victim gave Dean some money to go and buy drink.
"They would have seen him retrieve money from his bag. He kept his cash in a sleeping bag holder."
The court heard how Dean then asked a teenager to meet them who grabbed and ran off with the victim's bag.
Mr Ahuja added: "The victim fell to the floor and McMann kicked him to the head and punched him several times to the head."
The court heard Mr Dring remembered waking up in an ambulance. He was taken to hospital and suffered a swollen and bruised right eye.
Police arrested McMann and Dean the next day. They recovered the victim's iPhone and various amounts of money. And they seized McMann's boots which contained Mr Dring's blood.
McMann, aged 41, and Dean, aged 38, both of Century Street, Hanley, pleaded guilty to robbery on August 26 last year.
Peter McCartney, mitigating for McMann, said heroin and alcohol had blighted his client's life. Mr McCartney added McMann was also fighting depression.
Anis Ali, representing Dean, said she had fallen prey to individuals who are more sophisticated than her and able to control and pressure her.
"She became involved under the instructions of her partner," said Mr Ali. "She did not get involved in the attack on the complainant. She regrets her involvement."
Judge David Fletcher sentenced McMann to four years and six months in prison and jailed Dean for 21 months.
"It was an appalling offence," said the judge.
"You identified a gentleman who was desperately vulnerable. He was a homeless alcoholic. It soon became clear he was in possession of a considerable amount of money, £2,000. That truly was a king's ransom for someone in that situation. He was assaulted, knocked to the ground and kicked in the head and face by McMann, causing injuries."
Judge Fletcher said the robbery was aggravated because there was more than one offender, there was some pre-planning, the vulnerable victim was targeted as was a large sum of money.
The judge said McMann was the ringleader and added: "You dealt the blows, the violence to the man on the floor."
Under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Judge Fletcher certified McMann benefited by £2,000 and made a confiscation order for the available amount of £232.70. There was no order in respect of Dean.