Former serviceman from Middlesbrough had been toasting fallen colleagues on Remembrance Day when he was robbed

Thugs who beat pensioner with his own walking stick jailed for seven and four years

Gary Mills: Jailed for seven years and nine months

Matthew Putson: Jailed for four years

Former soldier Cyril Edmonds, 78, who was attacked on Remembrance Day

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TWO thugs who beat a 78-year-old former soldier with his own walking stick on Remembrance Day have today (Tuesday, April 8) been jailed for a total of 11 years.

Victim Cyril Edmonds left the White Rose pub where he had been toasting fallen comrades and was set upon by 22-year-old Gary Mills and 17-year-old Matthew Putson.

He was threatened with a knife and told to hand over any money he had during the robbery, which happened shortly after 11pm on November 11 last year, in Egmont Road, Middlesbrough.

Putson was later found in possession of a combined knuckleduster and lock-knife.

Both jointly admitted robbery, having an offensive weapon and a separate offence of burglary with intent to steal.

The victim, who was left battered and bruised, had to crawl along the ground to a nearby house to raise the alarm. His eyesight is said to have worsened considerably since the attack.

Speaking shortly after his ordeal, Mr Edmonds said: "They hit me in the face with my stick, and they took my phone. I had a few scratches on my face.”

Judge Michael Taylor told the pair: “It would have been obvious to anybody that saw him he was vulnerable and elderly.

“In a cowardly way the two of you attacked him, his stick was taken from him, he fell to the ground and you then rifled through his clothing.

“You relieved him of his mobile phone and one of you used his walking stick against him, smashing it against his face.”

Mills, of St Aidan's Drive, Middlesbrough, already had two convictions for robbery in 2010 and has been before a court on 18 previous occasions.

There was applause from the public gallery at Teesside Crown Court and shouts of “Well done judge” as Judge Taylor jailed Mills for seven years, nine months and Putson, of St Aidan's Street, Middlesbrough, for four years.

Duncan McReddie, for Putson, who had taken a cocktail of cannabis and prescription drugs, said: “With the benefit of a clear head he fully understands the terrible nature of this crime.”

Robert Mochrie, for Mills, said he should be given credit for his guilty pleas.

Judge Taylor lifted a banning order on the identification of Putson because of his age and said: “The public are entitled to know what is going on.”

In a statement Detective Constable Marie Appleby, of Cleveland police, said: “This was a cowardly and disgraceful attack on a defenceless elderly man, who was even unable to retreat to the safety of his own home after Putson and Mills threw his walking aid out of his reach.

“I am delighted with the sentences that have been handed to Putson and Mills and hope that they will now realise the severity of their actions.”

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5:50pm Tue 8 Apr 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

Enjoy the porridge scum bags. Hopefully it'll be a long painful existence.
Enjoy the porridge scum bags. Hopefully it'll be a long painful existence. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 20

5:57pm Tue 8 Apr 14

itwasnotme says...

only 7 years for beating a 78 year old gent with his own walking stick and threatening him with a knife ?? on remembrance day.. hopefully he has some grandsons who remember ;)
only 7 years for beating a 78 year old gent with his own walking stick and threatening him with a knife ?? on remembrance day.. hopefully he has some grandsons who remember ;) itwasnotme
  • Score: 17

5:59pm Tue 8 Apr 14

NOTODDEN says...

Having read this awful story I hope every day they spend in prison is hell.
Having read this awful story I hope every day they spend in prison is hell. NOTODDEN
  • Score: 19

6:07pm Tue 8 Apr 14

stevegg says...

"Mills, of St Aidan's Drive, Middlesbrough, already had two convictions for robbery in 2010 and has been before a court on 18 previous occasions" - bear that in mind and he still only got 7 years and 9 months meaning 3 years 6 months served in reality. It appears the state views the first 10 or so convictions as freebies whivch dont count before they start taking any meaningful action, for a third robbery conviction it should have been 10 years minimum with no remission.
"Mills, of St Aidan's Drive, Middlesbrough, already had two convictions for robbery in 2010 and has been before a court on 18 previous occasions" - bear that in mind and he still only got 7 years and 9 months meaning 3 years 6 months served in reality. It appears the state views the first 10 or so convictions as freebies whivch dont count before they start taking any meaningful action, for a third robbery conviction it should have been 10 years minimum with no remission. stevegg
  • Score: 28

9:02pm Tue 8 Apr 14

punkrocker says...

crime is only tough on the victims.
crime is only tough on the victims. punkrocker
  • Score: 11

9:17pm Tue 8 Apr 14

spottycow says...

ME thinks an increase in sentence for these two SCUMBAGS MR ATTOFNEY GENERAL .I HOPE YOU MEET YOUR MATCH IN PRISON /
ME thinks an increase in sentence for these two SCUMBAGS MR ATTOFNEY GENERAL .I HOPE YOU MEET YOUR MATCH IN PRISON / spottycow
  • Score: 12

9:27pm Tue 8 Apr 14

peanutjones says...

Its a myth that the prisoners will harm these two. Possibly the prisoners would harm sexual offenders, but many prisoners are exactly like this - scum. Thats why they are in prison.
Its a myth that the prisoners will harm these two. Possibly the prisoners would harm sexual offenders, but many prisoners are exactly like this - scum. Thats why they are in prison. peanutjones
  • Score: 17

7:48am Wed 9 Apr 14

adele c says...

Low life scumbags that's what they are! I would have jailed them 10years max they will get out and reoffend ! They want a good flogging.
Low life scumbags that's what they are! I would have jailed them 10years max they will get out and reoffend ! They want a good flogging. adele c
  • Score: 10

8:15am Wed 9 Apr 14

boysibandit says...

Oh I bet your parents are proud of you two ......NOT... seven years is not enough if thugs steal money they get longer sentences why does that take priority over people !!!
Oh I bet your parents are proud of you two ......NOT... seven years is not enough if thugs steal money they get longer sentences why does that take priority over people !!! boysibandit
  • Score: 8

10:45am Wed 9 Apr 14

MartinMo says...

spottycow wrote:
ME thinks an increase in sentence for these two SCUMBAGS MR ATTOFNEY GENERAL .I HOPE YOU MEET YOUR MATCH IN PRISON /
I reckon their sentence should be lowered, then the likes of myself informed of their exact release date and time so we can make them pay for their crimes accordingly and it won't cost the tax payer any extra.
[quote][p][bold]spottycow[/bold] wrote: ME thinks an increase in sentence for these two SCUMBAGS MR ATTOFNEY GENERAL .I HOPE YOU MEET YOUR MATCH IN PRISON /[/p][/quote]I reckon their sentence should be lowered, then the likes of myself informed of their exact release date and time so we can make them pay for their crimes accordingly and it won't cost the tax payer any extra. MartinMo
  • Score: 5

9:47am Sat 12 Apr 14

Ron Carter-Bonsteel says...

Don't worry people these toe-rags.scum. low-life's will be looked after in prison and when they are released. Middlesbrough. Cleveland and the Country put offenders first and foremost. What help do the VICTIMS get? As a VICTIM my family and myself were subjected to 12 years of serious crimes because we did not fit in to a estate that some of the people were dealing drugs and other criminal activity and was targeted from petrol bombs and loads of other incidents what help did we get from the agencies. NOTHING.there is more funding for offenders always as been at the expense of Victims. If people read the papers and watch TV they will see all these Community pay back schemes popping up this is a alternative to a prison sentence. So what do victims get? We are left to pick up the pieces trying to get help and support for the physical and mental scares.
Apologies for the rant but I am so sick of scum,low-life's that get publicity for turning their lives around and getting awarded but what about the majority of our young and not so young who are decent members of Society who do not commit any crimes? This Town. Middlesbrough. Cleveland and Country seem to reward bad behaviour. Let's concentrate on our good young people and older ones. from a VICTIM.
Don't worry people these toe-rags.scum. low-life's will be looked after in prison and when they are released. Middlesbrough. Cleveland and the Country put offenders first and foremost. What help do the VICTIMS get? As a VICTIM my family and myself were subjected to 12 years of serious crimes because we did not fit in to a estate that some of the people were dealing drugs and other criminal activity and was targeted from petrol bombs and loads of other incidents what help did we get from the agencies. NOTHING.there is more funding for offenders always as been at the expense of Victims. If people read the papers and watch TV they will see all these Community pay back schemes popping up this is a alternative to a prison sentence. So what do victims get? We are left to pick up the pieces trying to get help and support for the physical and mental scares. Apologies for the rant but I am so sick of scum,low-life's that get publicity for turning their lives around and getting awarded but what about the majority of our young and not so young who are decent members of Society who do not commit any crimes? This Town. Middlesbrough. Cleveland and Country seem to reward bad behaviour. Let's concentrate on our good young people and older ones. from a VICTIM. Ron Carter-Bonsteel
  • Score: 1

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