Prescot Man Jailed for Attack on Pensioner

By on Tuesday, November 4, 2014

james_lewis_prescotA 27-year-old man from Prescot has been sentenced to three years for attacking and robbing a 72-year-old man.

James Lewis, of Thomas Drive, watched his victim withdraw cash from the Halifax Bank in Huyton Village.

He then followed him to the underpass at Roby Station, where he hit him in the face, forced him to the ground and stole the money.

The attack took place on Friday 10 January this year. Lewis’s accomplice was James Condliff, 23, then of Jeffreys Crescent, Huyton.

At Liverpool Crown Court, he received three years’ imprisonment, while Condliff was jailed for 18 months.

“This was a particularly nasty attack on an elderly gentleman,” said DC Jeff Preston, of the British Transport Police.

“The victim was left shaken and distressed and suffered a swollen lip and bruising in the attack. The robbery was violent, unprovoked and cowardly.”

He added: “Through the hard work of myself and my colleague, DC Martin Melia, we were able to identify Lewis and Condliff and bring them to justice.

“This sends a clear message to other criminals that we will always fully investigate such offences and will not hesitate to put them before the courts.”

He added that violence on the railway was rare.

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