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Man jailed for 16 months for violently assaulting pensioner, 92, in his own home

Patrick Dowling will spend the next 16 months in jail. Credit: Bedfordshire Police.

A man from Bedfordshire has been jailed for 16 months after he violently assaulted a 92-year-old man in his own home.

67-year-old Patrick Dowling from Dunstable attacked the man after returning drunk to his sheltered housing accommodation.

He banged on the property’s communal door and started screaming at the top of his voice after he couldn't find his keys.

The 92-year-old victim eventually opened his door, and Dowling then proceeded to punch him - knocking him to the ground and breaking his hip.

He left the man lying in his own doorway and went to bed.

“This was a cowardly and vicious attack on a vulnerable man who, at 92 years-old, had the right to live out his years in peace," Investigation Officer Gary Hales said.

“The attack has had a significant impact on his life and I am glad the judge has sent Patrick Dowling to prison. The sentence sets an example that attacking the most vulnerable in our society is abhorrent and will not be tolerated.”