Two girls have just been sentenced for the plot to kill t heir 89 year old grandfather in order to obtain money. Near Winchester, the man was attacked by his 49 year old adopted daughter and her two daughters, aged 16 and 14, her son, 19, and his girlfriend, 17. At Winchester Crown Court the 16-year-old got 26-months’ detention while the 14-year-old received a two-year youth rehabilitation order. A 17 year old girl received 3 years detention.
The victim’s daughter is serving a 17-year jail sentence and her son is already in a young offenders institution.
None of the defendants, from Eastleigh, can be named because of legal restrictions. On November 15 of last year, the elderly man who had dementia, was attacked in the home where he lived with his wife. The trial lasted 6 weeks, in which it was told that the man was lured outside by his daughter where she faked being injured by falling. The son knocked him to the ground and he was hit by bricks by the two girls.
He survived with cuts and bruises and was able to tell paramedics – called by his daughter – that he had been hit. But it didn’t stop with the attack, as the family tried to scare the man to death by smashing a window at his home and even cutting the fuel line of his car in a bid to make it explode. The attack was the final act to kill him for his money even though he had generously given cash for cars and horses for the family, which had been squandered.
The family even went so far as to search Google in ways to to kill him.
Mr Justice Foskett described the three girls as “vulnerable” and under the influence of the mother, adding that they had acted out of “fear” of her. He concluded by saying to the younger sister: “I express the hope that arrangements can be made for you and [the older sister] to maintain contact. “You and she will probably need each other even more in the longer term than at present.” BBC
Sentencing the two adults last month, the judge called the attack “despicable and inhuman”. He said the plot and the attempts to kill the pensioner “will defy belief in the minds of any right-thinking person”. BBC
Four of the group were found guilty of conspiracy to murder at an earlier hearing, while the youngest girl was acquitted of that charge but convicted of wounding with intent. The grandson is serving an indeterminate sentence.