Robbers who attacked pensioner 'left innocent man with terrible injuries', police say

POLICE HAVE welcomed the jail terms given to two robbers who beat a pensioner for 10 minutes, leaving him with fractures and brain injuries.

Robbers Carl Mason, left, and Darren Wiggins, right

Carl Mason, 38, and Darren Wiggins, 40, have been jailed for a total of 16-and-a-half years for attacking the man in his 70s at a garage workshop in the Hull Road area of York.

During what police describe as a “targeted and planned” attack in February this year, the pair tried to get a safe key and stole the victim’s wallet, watch and keys.

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They beat him so severely, he was left with a fracture to his face, serious bruising, a bleed on the brain and other long-term injuries which he is still suffering from.

Detectives from North Yorkshire Police began an investigation which led to Mason and Wiggins being arrested and charged with one count of robbery each.

They pleaded guilty at York Crown Court and were yesterday sentenced by a judge.

Mason, of Union Terrace, York, was jailed for ten-and-a-half years.

Wiggins, of Tennent Road, York, was jailed for six years.

Speaking afterwards, Detective Constable Simon Fricke, who led the case for North Yorkshire Police, said: “This was a brutal attack that left an innocent man with terrible injuries – injuries he is still suffering from six months later.

“Mason and Wiggins targeted their victim and planned the incident with absolutely no regard for anyone else.

“But I’d like to acknowledge the victim’s courage and strength during what has been a horrendous ordeal.

“I’m always relieved when we bring people like Mason and Wiggins to justice. There is no place for individuals like that in our communities.

“As such, we welcome the court’s sentence, which has taken two serious offenders off our streets for a significant amount of time.”