Glasgow & West Scotland

Man jailed for robbing pensioner

A man who beat up a frail pensioner at his home in East Ayrshire and robbed him of £2,000 has been jailed for five-and-a-half-years.

Thomas Gilheaney, 28, from Irvine, threatened to kill George Black during the attack in Kilmarnock in April.

He was caught after being found with a rare Zambian banknote which he also stole from the 86-year-old.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how he targeted Mr Black after working for him as a landscape gardener.

The pensioner had paid him in £50 notes and Gilheaney knew he kept cash at home.

'Nasty crime'

Two hours after the robbery, Gilheaney was stopped by police on an unrelated matter.

He was found with Mr Black's Zambian banknote in his possession. The £2,000 was never recovered.

Jailing Gilheaney, judge Lady Stacey told him: "You have pled guilty to a nasty crime. You went there knowing he had money in the house.

"You knew he was an old man who wouldn't be able to defend himself.

"You say you regret this and that you can't remember this incident because of either drink or drugs or a combination of the two, but that is no excuse."

Lady Stacey told Gilheaney that she would have jailed him for seven years but for his early plea of guilty.

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