Robber jailed for sickening attack on elderly man after Corby arrest

The 87-year-old victim suffered serious injuries

By Sam Wildman
Monday, 22nd June 2020, 1:44 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd June 2020, 1:46 pm
Adelin Neculai (left) and Cristi Neculai (right)
Adelin Neculai (left) and Cristi Neculai (right)

A robber living in Corby has been jailed for six years after hospitalising an 87-year-old man in a sickening attack.

Cristi Neculai, 24, of Rockingham Road, and 22-year-old Adelin Neculai, of Beech Crescent in Bradford, admitted robbery and were sentenced in Aylesbury last week.

The court heard that at about 10pm on March 17 in Granville Street, Aylesbury, the victim was assaulted from behind and fell face first into the pavement.

He suffered serious injuries including a cranial bleed, lost some teeth and suffered cuts and bruises to his face, which required treatment at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. He has since been discharged.

During the robbery he had his wallet stolen, containing £10, bank cards and personal items. Police later appealed to find a suspect who they believed was in Corby.

The pair were charged with robbery on April 25 and have now been jailed for six years each.

Investigator Hannah Mitchell, of the priority crime team based at Aylesbury police station, said: “This was a violent attack on an elderly man, and as a result, he suffered some serious injuries.

“A small amount of cash was stolen in the robbery, along with some personal effects, and this crime has had a significant impact on the victim and his family.

“I am pleased that Adelin and Cristi Neculai pleaded guilty to the offence, which has meant that the victim does not have to go through the ordeal of giving evidence in court.

“Thames Valley Police will never tolerate such criminal activity and will work hard to bring offenders to justice.

“Adelin and Cristi Neculai will now serve a lengthy spell in prison to reflect on their actions.”