Elderly man attacked by burglars in his bed forced out of his home
AN elderly man who was pulled from his bed and attacked by two burglars is now too afraid to live in his home of more than 30 years.
The 78-year-old was knocked unconscious during the attack.
He turned up at a neighbour's house a few hours later with his face and body bloodied and bruised.
Derby Crown Court heard the elderly man, who lived alone, was "particularly vulnerable" after suffering a stroke a couple of years earlier, which had left him with very limited speech.
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The burglars used garden shears to break into the conservatory of the Littleover property and then raided the house before stealing a bag.
Now, one of three burglars involved in the raid has been convicted and jailed.
Arturs Visockis admitted burgling the house on January 4 but denied being one of the attackers.
Jailing Visockis for three years and one month, Judge John Burgess said the victim had "suffered nasty injuries and as a consequence of the burglary is frightened at night and intends to move from his house where he has lived for 30 to 40 years".
But the judge added he was not sentencing Visockis for the assault.
He said: "I deal with you on the basis that you were not anticipating violence."
The court heard there was no evidence that Visockis was one of the men who had assaulted the pensioner.
The two other men have never been captured.
Visockis' fingerprints were found in the conservatory of the Blagreaves Lane house.
When police went to arrest him at his home in Sutherland Road, Normanton, Visockis locked himself in the bathroom and then escaped out of the window.
He was arrested shortly afterwards hiding under a trampoline in a nearby garden.
The court was told that Visockis said he had met two men on the night of the burglary, who said they would take him to get some drugs. The conversation had then turned to money and they decided to burgle a house first.
He said he never expected violence to be used and had not taken part in the assault.
In court, he admitted burglary and escaping from lawful custody.
Detectives are still trying to trace a man called Maris Cicis, 21, in connection with the burglary and are appealing for anyone with information about his whereabouts to come forward.
Detective Sergeant Steve Shaw, of Pear Tree CID, said: "This was a frightening ordeal for the victim, who was understandably left upset by what happened.
"He suffered a head injury during the burglary and needed hospital treatment.
"The investigation is ongoing. I would appeal for anyone with information about Maris Cicis to come forward."
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.