Peter Walsh appeared at the Old Baily successfully prosecuting Terrence Rox charged with attempted grievous bodily harm and burglary against his 79-year-old neighbour.
The court heard that Rox had tricked his way into the 79-year-old cancer and dementia suffering victim’s flat, armed with a role of tape he violently attacked her.
She lived alone but had lent money to the defendant in the past. He immediately attacked her after ransacking her flat and stealing items of jewellery.
She somehow managed to make it to another neighbour’s flat from where the police and ambulance were called.
Having left her for dead, the defendant went out and bought himself a can of beer.
Rox was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for attempting to cause grievous bodily harm and five years’ imprisonment for the burglary. Both sentences are to run concurrently