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87-year-old Arthur Gumbley's killer jailed for life

Arthur Gumbley died as a result of his injuries Credit: ITV Central

A man from Leicestershire who was found guilty of the murder of 87-year-old Arthur Gumbley has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 33 years.

20-year-old Jason Wilsher was found guilty of murder at Stafford Crown Court yesterday after a court heard his DNA had been found on a cupboard drawer at the pensioner’s ransacked bungalow.

Mr Gumbley died as a result of his injuries the violent burglary at his home in Endwood Drive, Little Aston, Staffordshire, on 21 November 2017. Offenders got away with gold and silver jewellery.

He was taken to hospital with serious injuries and died three weeks later. Mr Gumbley told detectives he had been watching television in the evening when he heard noises and went into the hallway where he was confronted by two men.

Jason Wilsher has been sentenced to life for the murder of 87-year-old Arthur Gumbley Credit: Staffordshire Police

He was punched to the face, pulled to the ground where he was kicked and punched whilst being dragged around his house. His injuries included carpet burns, extensive bruising, a detached rib and skin ripped from the back of his hand.

Sentencing Jason Wilsher, Judge Michael Chambers QC said:

To target the elderly is truly wicked. This was the senseless murder of an 87-year-old man.''

– Judge Michael Chambers QC

Judge Chambers said a common theme of Wilsher's offending was to 'target vulnerable elderly victims for money or valuables.'

Mr Gumbley’s family released the following statement:

We now have justice for the murder of our dad and we can move forward with our lives. Thank you to everyone.”

– Mr Gumbley's family

Wilsher was also found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery in November 2017. He was given a further concurrent sentence of 16 years for this offence.