TWO brothers who preyed on a disabled elderly woman in her own home have been branded the “lowest of the low” after being given a total of four years in custody.
Callous Martin Cawley Jnr, 28, and Charlie Cawley, 18, got into the home of their victim at sheltered accommodation on Ferrier Bank, Warton, near Preston, after she heard a knock on the door and shouted for them to come in.
The woman, 89, had been expecting a neighbour to call round, saw the pair walk in and they initially invited her to a barbecue, Preston Crown Court heard.
She has mobility problems and relies on a walking trolley.
The pair wheeled the trolley away and stole £50 in cash and cards from her purse.
But they were tracked down after a witness saw a blue transit van parked outside Jaguar Hair & Beauty Salon on Lytham Road, then spotted two men running from the garden of the woman’s home.
Martin Cawley Jnr, of no fixed address, was recalled to prison to serve the remainder of a previous prison sentence for robbery following the offence.
He was given another two years in prison after both he and Charlie Cawley, of Stopford Avenue, Bispham, pleaded guilty to burglary following the incident on August 20 last year. Charlie Cawley also admitted attempting to burgling the homes of another woman on Beech Avenue, Kirkham and a woman of Mythop Road, Kirkham, on the same day.
Both those victims had become suspicious of his behaviour and he left empty-handed. The teenager also pleaded guilty to handling a stolen van. Rachel White, for Charlie Cawley, said he had had no formal education and had come under “bad influences in his upbringing”.
Adrian Williams, for Martin Cawley, said his client was remorseful and should not have got involved.