Shocking pictures show bloodied face of elderly jeweller robbed at gunpoint

October 11, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

These shocking pictures show the bloodied face of an elderly jeweller who was beaten and robbed at gunpoint.

The victim, 77, was tied up, beaten and robbed after armed burglars pounced on him as he returned home from a car boot sale.

The crooks made off with more than £30,000 in cash and jewellery as well as the man’s distinctive black Range Rover with the number plate “G14 OLD”

Thieves threatened to cut his fingers off and kill him if he didn’t allow them access to his safe.

The face of the battered jeweller known as 'Gold Man

The face of the battered jeweller known as ‘Gold Man

The man, who was locally known as the “Gold Man”, spent several days in hospital after suffering a broken nose, cuts and bruises in the attack where he was taped up with duct tape, punched, kicked and hit over the head with the handgun.

Prosecutor Peter Sabiston said the man had lost between £30,000 and £40,000 and had been forced out of business by the robbery at his home in Hull, East Yorks.

The prosecutor added the only household item he had been able to replace on insurance was his carpet.

Brothers Andrew Williams, 55, and James Williams, 52, were on trial accused of being the robbers.

Andrew Williams pleaded guilty on the eight day of his trial, but James Williams was acquitted on the direction of Judge Mark Bury due to a lack of evidence.

The brothers are currently serving nine-year sentences for conspiracy to commit five burglaries.

GUILTY: Andrew Williams and Alexandra Wilkinson

GUILTY: Andrew Williams and Alexandra Wilkinson

Co-defendant Alexandra Wilkinson, 23, admitted acting as the getaway driver for the two robbers but said she didn’t know they were going to carry out the crime as was just offering them a lift to a friend’s.

After the robbery she called the police and alleged her former partner James Williams was not involved and the other man she drove to the address was his son.

However Judge Bury said he had to be “circumspect” about what he said about the son, who was not charged with robbery.

He said: “On the evidence I have heard, that’s somewhat surprising.”

Wilkinson, of Gilberdyke, East Yorks., was found guilty of theft following an 11-day trial but was acquitted of robbery.

Holly Marsh was convicted of handling stolen goods after some of the loot was recovered from her home

Holly Marsh was convicted of handling stolen goods after some of the loot was recovered from her home

Holly Marsh, 30, from York, North Yorks., was convicted of handling stolen goods after some of the loot was recovered from her home.

The judge told her because the stolen jewellery was only of a “modest” value her criminality didn’t pass the custody threshold.

Wilkinson was told she faces a “significant” period behind bars when she is sentenced today alongside Marsh and Williams.

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