A thief has been sent to prison for one of a sequence of raids which plagued Grace Jones, Britain’s oldest person.
Jesse Coker, 46, deceptively gained entry into the lady’s home in south London, just a month after her 112th birthday.
It was the third time her house had been broken into within weeks, Woolwich Crown Court heard.
Her home on the Southwark Park Estate, Rotherhithe, has become a constant target for low life cowardly scum.
In the week leading to Ms Jones’ 112th birthday, a burglar sneaked into her home and callously pocketed her £300 pension.
Then only the day after an attempted robbery occurred leaving the poor woman terrified and in fear of whether she could ever recover.
Prosecutor Vivian Walters said Coker struck just over a month later on January 24.
He rang Mrs Jones’ doorbell masquerading as a delivery driver.
Ms Walters said: ‘Mrs Jones went to the door and called out, "Who’s there?"
‘She was expecting the district nurse to visit her that day in order to change a dressing on her leg.
‘She heard no reply so she opened the door a crack.
‘He pushed the door open, barged past Mrs Jones and made his way into the flat. In the living room, he found her bag, rifled through it and removed her purse.’
The despicable Coker was nailed after two neighbours recognised him and called the police.
Matthew Madigan, approached Coker who warned him that he would stab him.
Mr Madigan and next-door-neighbour Tracey Simmons who helped him were praised by Judge Stephen Dawson for their bravery.
Coker, of Charlton, south-east London, was due to stand trial for the burglary but pleaded guilty and was sent to prison for four years and five months' imprisonment.
Incredibly, but as often in the case, charges of going equipped for burglary and refusing to provide a sample for a class A drug test were dropped.
Judge Dawson said he took into account the fact that Coker had owned up to his crime EVEN AT A LATE STAGE.
But he said the burglar had preyed on a frail elderly woman and there was left with no choice but to give him a ‘substantial jail term'.
The court was later told he had a string of previous convictions for burglary.
Detective Constable Mark Powell, from Southwark’s Priority Crime Unit, said: ‘Coker picked on a vulnerable victim who he believed to be an easy target, he didn’t consider the bravery of the victim or the tenacity of her neighbours who were commended by the judge at today’s sentencing.’
A ‘substantial jail’ term for a disgusting crime like this is not four years and three months, when will our lily livered judges start handing out appropriate sentences to savages like this, the judge knew he had a string of previous burglaries to his name and to then rob a lady of 112 years of age is about as repulsive as you can get. a
A judge in America would likely start Coker’s sentence at 112 years, maybe then we may begin to send the correct message out to these brutes and rid our streets of them.