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Man took wedding ring off the fingers of 98-year-old bedridden woman

Jason O’Connor Image copyright Staffordshire Police
Image caption Police gathered forensic evidence from Jason O' Connor on a trowel used to smash a window

A man took a bedridden 98-year-old woman's rings from her fingers leaving them badly bruised.

Elsie Bird died four weeks after Jason O'Connor, 41, carried out the robbery in Trentham, Staffordshire Police said.

He also took rings from the fingers of an elderly victim while she slept in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

O'Connor, of no fixed address, admitted two charges of robbery, two of burglary and one of handling stolen goods and was jailed for 18 years.

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Police said he took Mrs Bird's wedding ring and other jewellery from her fingers after breaking into her house in Stone Road on 20 October.

O'Connor, originally from Birmingham, also stole other jewellery and cash and the incident left Mrs Bird shaken.

Other crimes include holding a knife to a 76-year-old Stafford man's face, holding him down and kneeing him in the back before taking his bank cards and a mobile phone and then burgling a house in Coppice Way, Stafford, on the same day and taking £67,000 worth of jewellery, electrical items and clothing.

Following the Newcastle-under-Lyme burglary, on 28 October, police found forensic evidence on a trowel used to smash a window.

Det Insp Phil Bryan, of Staffordshire Police, said O'Connor did not show any remorse for his actions.

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