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A burglar got into a sheltered housing complex late at night and beat up an 81-year-old resident, a court heard.

The victim was taken to hospital with a broken nose, four broken ribs, and bruising to both lungs; he remained there for two weeks.

Gary Jackson, 32, turned up at the complex in Eastfield, Peterborough, at 11.30pm on 8 March and buzzed the communal door, claiming he had forgotten his key.

Once inside, he made his way to the flat belonging to the 81-year-old man, who was listening to the radio and getting ready for bed.

Gary Jackson, 32, turned up at the complex in Eastfield at 11.30pm on 8 March and buzzed the communal door, claiming he had forgotten his key

The victim challenged him and asked him to leave, but Jackson pounced on him, pushing him over and into his coffee table which broke.

He was kicked and punched while being asked repeatedly for his PIN numbers.

Neighbouring residents heard banging and called 999.

As police arrived, Jackson fled with the victim’s bank cards, bus pass and a key fob to the premises.

The victim was rushed to hospital where he was treated for a broken nose, four broken ribs, and bruising to both lungs and remained there for two weeks.

Jackson was identified from CCTV footage and arrested at his home in Ash Court, Peterborough.

He was already on court bail for four burglaries at an over 55s supported living complex in Paston in September last year.

Jackson, also known as David Water, was found guilty on Friday (16 December) of burglary with intent to steal and grievous bodily harm, following a four-day trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

He was jailed for six years.

DC Stefan Karanja, who investigated, said: “Jackson is a cowardly and dangerous man who targeted vulnerable people who were unable to protect themselves.

“I’d like to thank the residents who took part in the investigation and court trial, and I am glad the jury saw Jackson for his true self and that he will now spend years in prison.”

 

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