June 21st, 2009


Posted in The Job - General by 200

The 200weeks Scum of the Week award goes to James Connors, 18, James Thomas Connors, 20 & Jerry Cassidy, 29 all from Middlesex.

These low-lifes were responsible for more than 70 distraction burglaries where they tricked their way into elderly  folks’ houses & stole money & valuables amounting to some £70,000.

This week they appeared at Winchester Crown Court where they were each sentenced to 10 years imprisonment .

Their M.O. Was to pretend to be police officers or from the water or gas boards, gain access to an elderly person’s home & once inside they would steal what they could find.

One such victim was 88-year-old Kathleen Renham. The men posed as police officers & once inside her home they ransacked her bedroom before stealing £600 from her purse. She died a few months after. Her daughter said “How can they do it to people like that who are elderly? I think it had a serious  effect on her health . It wasn’t  the bubbly mum that we knew anymore, but she could have gone on had she not been stressed by this.”

Another victim was 91 year old Alathea Tyler who had £700 stolen.

The gang were eventually nicked in a stolen car in Scotland.

The distraction burglary is most common among Irish travellers & many offences involve unnecessary violence against frail old people who have been seriously injured at the hands of some pretty appalling scumbags who target some of the weakest & most vulnerable members of society, people who could do nothing to protect themselves.

One victim suffered a heart attack after being lo ked in her own room & 5 died shortly after becoming victims of the gang.

Once inside their victims’ houses, they often threatened them with a wooden truncheon into handing over cash & valuables.

During one burglary they took a pensioner’s £20,000 life savings & on another they took as little as £5.
The detective in charge of the case suspects them of maybe three times the amount of offences they have been charged with. He described them as violent & threatening who “displayed no  sense of shame for what they did, & remained callous & unapologetic throughout.”

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  1. Tony F says:

    10 years. I bet they don’t do 3. I’d hang the little bastards.

    June 21st, 2009 at 18:54

  2. Graham Smith says:

    As we are in the EC, I wonder why we don’t outsource the custody of long-term prisoners to other EC countries?

    In the same vein, I would like to see Turkey join the EC at an early opportunity.

    June 21st, 2009 at 19:20

  3. Officer dibble says:

    10! slap a zero on that and I would be happy.

    June 21st, 2009 at 23:05

  4. Blueknight says:

    They came to our town and ‘parked’ in a car park at the end of a cul de sac. By the end of the week nearly every house in the cul de sac reported that something had been stolen from their garden and a motor repair garage just behind the car park was broken into and cars wrecked.

    June 21st, 2009 at 23:39

  5. Fee says:

    A mob like this came to a bit of waste ground near here. The local factories had to hire security guards to patrol their car parks, after 70-odd cars were broken into in one afternoon.

    Put them in concrete wellies and drop them in the North Sea.

    June 22nd, 2009 at 08:10

  6. Joe says:

    I’d send them back to Ireland – the locals have their own way of dealing with people like this and it doesn’t involve social workers!


    June 22nd, 2009 at 22:39

  7. copper bottom says:

    10-years… !@#!!!!

    my question to a CPS lawyer once; what do you have to do to get a maximum sentance? how many people do you have to screw? kill?

    its a joke…

    on us…

    June 23rd, 2009 at 15:39

  8. lewis reece says:

    i think ten years is way to much
    the three boys have never been up for this kind of thing in there life
    you dont see any one whos hurt or anything
    theres rapist and murderes gettin less time than this.
    10 years is far to long.

    June 24th, 2009 at 11:17

  9. lewis reece says:

    i think theres a bit of prejidis going on against these three boys
    this should have stopped when obama took over .
    we know burgelry is wrong but they got time for more than what thet done.

    June 24th, 2009 at 11:22

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