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.
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.
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:
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:
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.