South East Wales

Robbed OAP 'too scared' to speak, court told

A pensioner was tied up, threatened into silence and robbed of just £15 by a burglar a court heard.

Constance Davies, 88, was watching television at home in Maesteg, Bridgend county, when Gavin Tainton allegedly burst in demanding money.

Jurors at Cardiff Crown Court were told he used thick electrical cable to tie her up.

Debt-ridden Mr Tainton, who denies burglary, pulled out Mrs Davies' phone line and told her to stay quiet.

She was seen at her doctor's surgery looking visibly shaken the following day but told Llynfi Surgery practise nurse Claire Elizabeth Dare she did not want to tell anyone about her ordeal last August.

"She kept saying it was her fault because she didn't lock the back door," Ms Dare said in a statement.

"She said he hit and kicked her and then pulled out the telephone line before saying she could not tell anyone because if she did he would come back for her."

Mrs Davies' injuries included a fractured finger and cuts and bruises.

South Wales Police later posted a picture of Mr Tainton alongside an appeal for information on its Facebook page.

Mrs Davies' neighbour Robert Thomas told officers the man was his window cleaner.

Mr Tainton's fingerprints were found on the inside back-door handle of Mrs Davies' home.

But he told the court he had been invited into Mrs Davies' home two weeks before the break-in after agreeing to clean her windows.

During cross-examination, Crime Scene Investigator Charlene Quinn admitted it was not possible to put a date on the fingerprint found inside the property.