Woman jailed after violent attack on pensioner in his own home

Woman jailed after violent attack on pensioner in his own home

A woman from Hull has been jailed for eight years after attacking and robbing a pensioner in his own home.

Ashleigh Hunt, 24, of Morpeth Street, Hull, was sentenced to eight years behind bars at Hull Crown Court on Tuesday 25 January.

On 10 May 2021, she preyed on the vulnerable pensioner, assaulted and robbed him in his own home, taking his mobile phone and bank card, a court heard.

The victim, who was aged 69 at the time, was left with severe bruising, swelling and bleeding required medical treatment at Hull royal Infirmary.

A court heard that she was a drug-addict, using dangerous Class A drugs and also used prostitution to fund her addiction.

The victim was “exploited” by Hunt, and had a “deluded belief that he was in a loving relationship with her”, prosecutor Cathy Kioko-Gilligan said.

She stood trial alongside James Fenwick, 38, of Westbourne House hostel, Princes Avenue, Hull, who denied being present at the scene and was cleared of all offences.

Police were alerted to the flat when the victim’s son was sent a suspicious text from his father’s phone asking for his customer number.

He then called his dad and noticed a voice impersonating a frail elderly man’s voice, pretending to be the pensioner.

The voice later said: “What’s his customer number? I have got a knife to his throat.”

The son received a message afterwards from the victim’s phone which read: “It does not matter, son. I have done it now.”

Police forced their way into the victim’s flat and found him asleep in bed with “what appeared to be severe facial injuries and bleeding”, said the prosecution.

Detective Sergeant Andy Bradley said: “I’m really pleased with yesterday’s outcome; this was an extremely distressing incident for the victim who was subjected to an awful ordeal in their own home which should be a safe space.

“Although the memory of this incident will live with the victim, I hope that this sentence will give them some form of comfort that Ashleigh Hunt will now be spending eight years in jail.”

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