Brothers jailed over robbery on pensioner

Luke and Daniel Robinson
Luke and Daniel Robinson

Two brothers have been jailed for terrorising an elderly man during a midnight robbery inside his Scarborough home.

Teen terrors Luke and Daniel Robinson robbed the pensioner after sneaking into his flat in Victoria Road.

The 65-year-old victim was watching TV when a figure, thought to be Daniel Robinson, appeared before him demanding money.

Luke Robinson, 16, emerged from the kitchen holding a “shiny” weapon thought to have been a metal bar. He lunged at the pensioner with the weapon but his brother held him back.

The victim thought it might be a knife and feared he was going to be killed. He handed over £200 but the brothers said they wanted more, York Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Austin Newman said the pensioner made a dash for it downstairs and ran outside, locking the door behind him. He ran into a takeaway where staff gave him a phone to call police.

As he did so, the hooded robbers climbed down from his veranda and fled, but police caught up with them following a chase. They were arrested and charged with robbery, but both pleaded their innocence.

During a four-day trial in December, the jury heard that brothers often saw the victim collecting driftwood on the Scarborough foreshore for his ethical-furniture business and thought he would be a “soft” target. The court heard that since the robbery, on August 30, 2014, Daniel Robinson, 18, had also been convicted of battery. Luke Robinson had previous for public-order matters.

Defence counsel for the brothers – who were formerly of Kealia Court, Scarborough, but had recently moved back to Wolverhampton – had had a very troubled upbringing. Barrister Andrea Parnham said Daniel Robinson had been drinking and smoking cannabis before the robbery.

Judge Mr Batty described the victim as a stoical man and “gentle soul” who had shown great bravery in coming forward to give evidence. Following the trial, Mr Batty made an order lifting reporting restrictions so that Luke Robinson, who is under-age, could be named and shamed. The brothers were each sentenced to four-and-a-half years in a young-offenders’ institution.