Stroud pair jailed after robbing man with Parkinson’s

A Stroud pair have been jailed after robbing an elderly man with Parkinson’s. 

A 64-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman from Stroud were jailed for a total of eight and a half years between them after the robbery.

Anthony Gardiner, of Daniels Road, and Serena Hotchkins, of Langtoft Road, admitted robbing the man of his wallet and phone on May 10, 2022.

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Prosecutor Alistair Haggerty explained to Gloucester Crown Court yesterday (Jan 18) that the elderly victim had also recently suffered a stroke which had further affected his mobility.

Hotchkins and the victim were known to each other and she would have been aware of his medical condition.

The victim said seven months after the robbery he cannot believe he was robbed in his own home.

He is still very worried that these two defendants will attack him in the future and doesn’t open the door to anyone.

He believes the stress of the robbery has worsened his Parkinson’s disease.

The court was told that Gardiner was also sentenced for a number of other offences that included a theft on August 11 last year when he attended Great Western Hospital in Swindon.

On July 22, 2021, police were called to an incident along the canal path in Stroud where Gardiner was heard shouting abuse at a member of the public who, fearing for their own safety, called the police.

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Gardiner readily admitted to the officers that he was carrying a lock knife in a public place.

On May 18 last year, the week after the robbery, Gardiner assaulted a woman, claiming that he owed her £10.

He threatened the woman with a bottle of whisky that was in his hand at the time but head-butted her in the face instead.

When Gardiner was arrested in Kendrick Street for this offence he was found in possession of a knife and an adapted shank – a pair of tweezers fastened to a handle.

The court was told that Gardiner has 61 convictions for 250 offences.

Sarah Jenkins defending Gardiner, said: “At the time of his offending he had a substantial drug debt.

“His main mitigation is that he has admitted all his offending, albeit at various stages of the legal process.

“It’s clear that most of these offences were committed while under the influence of alcohol.”

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Nicholas Lee, defending Hotchkins, said: “I don’t intend to minimise the impact the robbery has had on the elderly victim.”

He said Hotchkins’ previous convictions were mostly theft and related to drug addiction. 

He added: “She is fully aware that she will receive a substantial prison sentence and is resolved to keep herself clean from drugs in the future.”

Stroud News and Journal:

The judge sentenced Gardiner to a five-year prison term for all offences.

Hotchkins was sentenced to a prison term of 43 months.

Both defendants were subjected to a seven-year restraining order not to contact the victim by any means and both were ordered to pay a mandatory surcharge.

The judge also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the knives and offensive weapons.

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