Burglar jailed for knife attack on pensioner
A burglar who carried out a knife attack on a pensioner has been jailed for nine years after we caught him still in the man’s home covered in blood.
Andrew Bowering broke into the terrace house in Croft Street, Willenhall, in the early hours of 27 December last year.
He carried a TV into the garden and returned to steal more property when he was disturbed by the 82-year-old who was woken by Bowering rummaging through drawers.
Bowering − who was on prison release licence having been jailed for a shop raid − stabbed him three times in the legs and once in the head.
We were alerted by neighbours who heard shouting and Bowering saying “where are your car keys…do you want me to stab you".
Officers arrived within minutes and found the 26-year-old stripped from the waist down and wearing a bloodied T-shirt.
Realising he couldn’t escape, Bowering undressed and tried claiming he was the victim’s grandson, was living at the address and had challenged the offender.
It quickly became apparent he was the knifeman and he later admitted wounding and aggravated burglary.
At Wolverhampton Crown Court on 27 May he was jailed for nine years.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Mandy Dorrington, said: “This was a brutal, totally unwarranted attack on an elderly man. He posed no threat to Bowering yet he lashed out several times with a knife and also left the man with a broken nose.
“Thankfully the victim has gone on to make a good recovery but we could easily have been looking at very serious, possibly fatal stab injuries.
“Our officers quickly saw through Bowering’s claim to be the man’s relative and he was arrested just a few minutes after the attack.
“I wish the victim well for the future and hope the jail sentence handed to Bowering will offer him some comfort."