A Gainsborough man has been jailed for eight-and-a-half-years for his ‘cowardly’ attack on a 101-year-old local woman.
Alan Forrest tricked his way into the pensioner’s home at the ACIS Housing flats in Lea Road in the town saying he was looking for a friend who lives in the same block.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that the old lady let Forrest into the communal entrance, but he was unable to get an answer from his friend’s property.
Forrest then spoke to the 101-year-old and tricked his way into her home after asking her if she would get him a glass of water.
The court heard that when he was given the drink he threw the water over the pensioner, grabbed her by the arm and pushed her to the floor demanding cash.
Despite being shaken by the attack, the woman used her personal alarm to call for help and Forrest ran off, leaving the scene empty-handed.
Forrest,53, of Kings Street, Gainsborough, admitted a charge of attempted robbery on 11th October at Lincoln Crown Court.
Judge Sean Morris jailed him for eight-and a-half -years for the attack.
Forrest was also given a six month consecutive sentence for the breach of a community order imposed by Lincoln Magistrates for an earlier distraction theft.
Speaking after the sentencing, DC Tina Kennedy from Lincolnshire Police said: “This was a cowardly attack on a particularly vulnerable member of our community.”
“We hope this sentence sends out a very powerful message to offenders and demonstrates our commitment to tackling serious violence in Gainsborough.”
According to Lincolnshie Police, older people are more likely than any other group to become the target of bogus callers.
Their advice to stay safe includes using a door chain and spy hole, not leaving valuables on display and avoiding having large amounts of cash in the house.
They also stress that is important for people not to feel under pressure to say yes if a caller asks for a glass of water or to use their telephone to make a call.
Legitimate callers will always have identification badges, and will be willing to wait outside while residents check their credentials.