Thugs who burst into a pensioner’s home and threatened him in a terrifying burglary were jailed.
Paul Dawson, 44, of Kirkby Row, Kirkby and Neil Donoghue, 47, of Marnwood Walk, Kirkby, broke into the home of Aughton 92-year-old William Casey in November last year.
The ex-engineer and ship builder bravely tried to stop the robbery and called the police only for the struggle to result in him falling to the ground and having his chest and leg trodden on as the pair made their escape.
Mr Casey’s son, Bill, spoke about the attack on his father, who died less than three months after the robbery.
He said: “Dad was watching videos in the early hours of November 26 when he heard a noise in his kitchen. It must have been loud because he had very bad hearing.
“He didn’t see anything so he went back to watching his videos, but then he heard another noise and when he went into the kitchen there was a man coming through the window.
“The man man- handled my dad, shouting 'Where’s your money?' over and over and holding up the screwdriver he had used to break in the window with.
“One of the men kept hold of my dad’s arm but at some point he managed to break free and try to call the police.
“The burglars saw this, stopped him and sat him down.”
After another struggle, Mr Casey fell to the ground and as the two thugs made their escape they trod on his chest and leg.
Bill said: “The whole incident completely drained him.
“It took more than six weeks for his leg to heal because his skin was so fragile.
“The whole ordeal distracted him from living, he worried about what might have happened and what could have happened if it was one of his neighbours who he considered to be frailer than himself.
“It made him reluctant to go out of the house for shopping and the experience also disturbed his sleep and he started to wake up around the same time as the attack and listen for strange noises.”
Mr Casey died on February 13.
Dawson was sentenced to eight years in prison for robbery and possession of a bladed article and Donoghue was sentenced to four years in prison after being found guilty of burglary at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday.
Bill said: “He complained of chest pain where the burglar had trod on him shortly before he died but the doctors did not find any evidence that was linked to his death.
“He never had any anger towards the two men.
“And, as far as the sentencing, I think justice has been done and it is satisfying that the burglar himself has expressed remorse.
“Dad would have wanted it to be a changing point for the two men.”
Sarah Jackson, 36, of no fixed address was found not guilty of burglary but guilty of handling stolen goods and sentenced to 20 weeks in prison.
Bill commended the police, adding: “The victim support from the police has been brilliant.
“The police were superb, they acted quickly on evidence, scanning for fingerprints and footprints.
“They were so focused and we thank them for their hard work.”