Callous Coventry couple who followed, beat and robbed 66-year-old man are jailed - The Coventry Observer

8th Aug, 2022

Callous Coventry couple who followed, beat and robbed 66-year-old man are jailed

A COUPLE from Coventry have been jailed to more than 15 years between them after following a man back to his house in the city, beating him and robbing him of his cash.

Henry Angus and Claire Birch followed the 66-year-old back from a shop in August last year.

The pair took his bank cards and demanded his PIN.

Birch punched the man in the face while Angus used the man’s own kitchen knife to threaten him.

They also cut the wires of his telephone so he could not call for help, before leaving and withdrawing money from his account.

A witness saw the couple leave the flat and when he questioned them on why they were there, they pretended they were the man’s friends.

After watching CCTV, police quickly identified the couple, who were not known to the victim, and they were arrested the following day.

The man has sadly died since this incident following an unrelated illness.

Angus, 58 and Birch, 29, both of Upper Spon Street, Coventry pleaded guilty to robbery at Warwickshire Justice Centre and have been sentenced to eight and seven and a half years respectively.

Det Con Mel Oldershaw, from West Midlands Police CID, said: “I’m really pleased to see this couple jailed for this robbery.

“This was an attack on a vulnerable man who was unable to defend himself and they made sure he couldn’t call anyone for help.

“I hope this result brings the victim’s family some closure, in what has been a really difficult few months for them all.”

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