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Mother and son from Harold Hill jailed after pensioner robbery

A mother and son from Harold Hill have been jailed after a pensioner was stabbed during a robbery.

The court heard, that in April this year, the 75-year-old withdrew £160 from a post office in Peterfields Road and was followed home by a woman who told him he would be robbed.

A man then threatened the elderly victim if he didn’t hand over cash before stabbing him in the leg when he refused.

The elderly man was taken to hospital and made a full recovery.

Police investigated and using CCTV identified Joanne Hatwell and her son Ryan.

46-year-old Joanne, of Redcar Road, was found guilty of robbery and has been jailed for eight years.

Her son, 27, was also jailed for eight years for robbery and also possession of an offensive weapon.

Detective Inspector Jason Prendergast, of East Area Command, said: “This was a wicked attack on a vulnerable man, someone who Joanne and Ryan Hatwell knew and targeted.

“After collecting his pension, the victim was stalked by Joanne and Ryan Hatwell and when he refused to hand money over to them, they stabbed him numerous times and then fled leaving him bleeding profusely.

“The victim was traumatised after this incident, prior to which, he was living independently at his home. But after the attack his health has deteriorated and he now lives in a care home.

“This is a crime that shocked the community and I can only hope that the convictions and sentences handed down to Joanne and Ryan Hatwell go some way to making our communities feel safer.”


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