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21 July 2015, 17:20
Two men who attacked and robbed a pensioner from Ely, leaving him for dead, have been jailed for a total of 25 years.
Lee Jones, 33, and Sebastian Yellowe, 23, attacked the victim, who is now 68, as he walked home through Cherry Hill Park, in Ely, after a night out with friends.
They stole his mobile phone, wedding ring, a bank card and some cash and left him on the ground with serious facial injuries.
Police were alerted at about 12.45am on October 16 last year after the victim's wife found him semi-conscious in the park. She had been expecting him home at 10.30pm the previous day but had become concerned when he did not arrive.
The victim was taken to hospital and was only discharged earlier this year. Police inquiries led to Jones and Yellowe, who were found guilty of robbery and causing grievous bodily harm with intent on May 5 following a trial at King's Lynn Crown Court.
Today (July 21), they were sentenced at Norwich Crown Court.
Jones was jailed for 13 years for the assault and 10 years for robbery, to run concurrently, while Yellowe was jailed for 12 years for the assault and 10 years for robbery, also to run concurrently.
The judge said Jones would not be considered for parole until he had served at least eight years and eight months.
DC Peter Ware said:
"This was a cowardly and vicious attack on the victim who has still not fully recovered from his injuries and the sentences handed out today reflect the gravity of the offence. I hope today's sentencing provides some closure for the victim and his family."