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Two men have today been jailed following an attempted robbery in which a pensioner was hit over the head with a stick and ordered to hand over her money.

Jordon Walker, 19 and Nigel James Sullivan, 43, forced their way into the woman’s home in Scarborough.

A judge at York Crown Court today jailed Sullivan for 13 years and sentenced Walker to eight years in a young offenders’ institution.

During the incident in April this year, the 65-year-old victim was confronted in her bedroom by Walker, who had covered his face.

He demanded money and when she said she didn’t have any he struck her head with a wooden stick.

The victim then heard a man’s voice from the landing outside her bedroom door saying: “Have you done her in yet?”

The attackers left empty-handed but were arrested on the Barrowcliff estate after a separate unrelated matter.

The woman was taken to hospital with head injuries but fortunately she was not seriously hurt.

Walker, of Scarborough, pleaded guilty at York Crown Court in June, admitting he had entered the bedroom and struck the pensioner.

Sullivan, also of Scarborough, denied his involvement but was found guilty by a jury after a two-day trial on 29 September 2016.

After the pair were sentenced, Detective Constable Steve Johnson, who led the case for Scarborough’s Serious Crime Team, said: “Nobody should feel unsafe in their own home and I can only imagine how terrifying this ordeal was for the victim.

“It was a nasty, cowardly attack by two men against a woman in her 60s.

“Although incidents such as this are very uncommon, especially in North Yorkshire, I’d urge people to take precautions such as not keeping large amounts of money in their house and locking doors or using a slide chain, even when they are at home.

“While this was a very unpleasant incident, I hope the victim and other residents of North Yorkshire take some comfort in the fact that Walker and Sullivan are now beginning very long terms in prison, where they belong.”

Scarborough News

Nigel Sullivan on the left and Walker bending over.

Nigel Sullivan on the left and Walker bending over.

Two men have today been jailed following an attempted robbery in which a pensioner was hit over the head with a stick and ordered to hand over her money.

Jordon Walker, 19 and Nigel James Sullivan, 43, forced their way into the woman’s home in Scarborough.

A judge at York Crown Court today jailed Sullivan for 13 years and sentenced Walker to eight years in a young offenders’ institution.

During the incident in April this year, the 65-year-old victim was confronted in her bedroom by Walker, who had covered his face.

He demanded money and when she said she didn’t have any he struck her head with a wooden stick.

The victim then heard a man’s voice from the landing outside her bedroom door saying: “Have you done her in yet?”

The attackers left empty-handed but were arrested on the Barrowcliff estate after a separate unrelated matter.

The woman was taken to hospital with head injuries but fortunately she was not seriously hurt.

Walker, of Scarborough, pleaded guilty at York Crown Court in June, admitting he had entered the bedroom and struck the pensioner.

Sullivan, also of Scarborough, denied his involvement but was found guilty by a jury after a two-day trial on 29 September 2016.

After the pair were sentenced, Detective Constable Steve Johnson, who led the case for Scarborough’s Serious Crime Team, said: “Nobody should feel unsafe in their own home and I can only imagine how terrifying this ordeal was for the victim.

“It was a nasty, cowardly attack by two men against a woman in her 60s.

“Although incidents such as this are very uncommon, especially in North Yorkshire, I’d urge people to take precautions such as not keeping large amounts of money in their house and locking doors or using a slide chain, even when they are at home.

“While this was a very unpleasant incident, I hope the victim and other residents of North Yorkshire take some comfort in the fact that Walker and Sullivan are now beginning very long terms in prison, where they belong.”

North Yorkshire Police

Liam Smith openly laughed as the court heard how his victim had been left traumatised after his attempted robbery of a Gateshead newsagent

Liam Smith who has been jailed for three years

Liam Smith who has been jailed for three years

A raider who laughed on hearing how he left his victim traumatised has been jailed.

Liam Smith smirked and openly laughed when a court was told how his attempted robbery at a Gateshead newsagent’s had left the lone female worker having nightmares and living in fear.

Shirtless Smith, 21, burst into Martin’s newsagent in Oakfield Road, Whickham, knocking over a lottery stand before walking behind the counter and pushing his hand into the face of terrified worker Lisa Thirkell.

The raider then screamed at Ms Thirkell “give me the money; get the cash out; get the till open”.

The attempted robbery was only stopped when a customer came in the shop, realised what was happening and shouted “get off her” before wrestling Smith to the ground.

Smith, of Hyde Park Street, Gateshead, pleased guilty to attempted robbery last month.

Mark Guiliani, prosecuting, read out a victim statement from Ms Thirkell. In it she said: “He grabbed me, I feared he was going to seriously assault me.

“To the defendant I say ‘why me, why me, why anyone?’ What gave him the right to treat me as his enemy?

“The job has been difficult and I still shudder every time the door chimes. I hate thinking everyone is like him.

“The incident has not only affected my work but it has been detrimental to me. I have trouble sleeping, nightmares and I’ve been to my GP.”

When Mr Guiliani finished reading the statement, Judge James Goss QC immediately raised concerns about Smith’s laughing.

He said: “At various points when the statement was being read out, the defendant either smiled or laughed at the effect of this offence on his victim.”

The laughing caused the judge to reject any claims Smith was sorry for his actions, jailing him for three years.

The judge added: “You do not smile repeatedly and laugh at times when the effect of the victim was being described to this court if you were genuinely remorseful.”

Defending Michael Hodson said his client’s laughter was down to adolescent bravado and the offence had been unplanned and the result of heavy drinking.

Following the case, Ms Thirkell said: “I’m just glad it’s all over now.”


Newcastle Chronicle

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Guramit Singh Kalirai failed to turn up for his trial in September

Guramit Singh Kalirai failed to turn up for his trial in September

A once-prominent member of the English Defence League (EDL) has been jailed after he went on the run following a violent attempted robbery.

Guramit Singh Kalirai, 31, of Ullswater Crescent in Bramcote, Nottingham, did not turn up to his trial in September.

He was found guilty in his absence and sentenced to six-and-a-half years. His two accomplices were jailed.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday, he was sentenced to a further nine months for breaching his bail.

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Kalirai, who was previously a spokesman for the EDL, was arrested earlier this month in Long Eaton.

During his trial, the jury heard Kalirai and his two accomplices, Andrew Wheelhouse, from Alfreton, Derbyshire, and David Mura, of Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, had raided a shop in May this year.

The three men pinned the shop assistant to the ground and made threats to slash his throat if he did not hand over cash.

Workers at a neighbouring business who heard shouts called the police and managed to stop one of the men escaping before officers arrived.

They were praised by detectives for their “quick thinking and brave assistance” for helping to thwart the robbery.

BBC News

A convicted offender who fled Nottingham before his trial is now back in custody.

Guramit Singh Kalirai, 31, of Ullswater Crescent, Bramcote, was arrested by officers in Long Eaton yesterday (Sunday 6 October 2013)

Kalirai was found guilty of an attempted robbery at Simply Hydro, in Wigwam Lane, Hucknall, on Thursday 2 May 2013. He was sentenced in his absence to six and a half years in prison at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday 24 September 2013.

The court heard that Kalirai, along with two accomplices, entered the property at about 12.30pm and targeted a shop assistant demanding money.

They pinned him to the ground and bound him while making threats to slash his throat.

Nottinghamshire Police

THREE criminals tied up a shop assistant and threatened to slash his throat in a botched robbery in Notts.

Andrew Wheelhouse, 31, David Mura, 26, and Guramit Singh Kalirai, 31, went into gardening shop Simply Hydro, in Wigwam Lane, Hucknall, at about 12.30pm on Thursday, May 2, with the intention of raiding it.

Guramit Singh Kalirai

Guramit Singh Kalirai

They attacked a shop assistant, pinned him to the ground and threatened to slash his throat if he did not give them money.

Police were called when workers at neighbouring businesses heard shouting.

Officers arrived a few minutes later and found Mura, of Albert Avenue, Stapleford, hiding in a wall partition. He was arrested at the scene.

Detective Inspector Rich Monk praised the quick-thinking of the staff at nearby firms.

“This was a planned attack on a business premises during opening hours,” he said. “Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. The actions and brave assistance provided by staff at nearby businesses resulted in the robbery being thwarted and an offender being arrested.”

Although the other two raiders fled the scene, officers tracked down Wheelhouse, of Alfreton, and Kalirai, of Ullswater Crescent, Bramcote. They were both arrested.

The trio stood trial at Nottingham Crown Court and were found guilty of attempted robbery.

All three were sent to prison on Tuesday.

Kalirai absconded ahead of the trial and was sentenced to six-and-a-half-years in prison in his absence. A warrant is out for his arrest.

Wheelhouse was jailed for five-and-a-half-years and Mura was sentenced to three years and three months.

Detective Inspector Monk added: “I would also like to thank the officers and staff involved in the investigation who worked tirelessly in bringing the three to justice.

“Inquires are continuing to locate Kalarai. I would urge anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to come forward so that he can be brought before the court.”

Anyone with information about Kalarai should contact Notts Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Nottingham Post

Guramit Singh speaking at an EDL demo in Peterborough

Guramit Singh speaking at an EDL demo in Peterborough

Guramit Singh on BBC TV

Guramit Singh on BBC TV