Vile thug admits battering pensioner, 77, ‘to pieces’ in terrifying burglary
A man who left a 77-year-old man battered and bruised during a violent burglary at his home faces up to 10 years in prison.
John Gray was so badly injured that nurses told his daughter they ‘couldn’t understand how he was still alive’.
Mark Lloyd admitted carrying out a savage attack at Mr Gray’s home in Middlesbrough back in January this year.
The 39-year-old has been told he’ll face a long prison sentence after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and aggravated burglary at Teesside Crown Court.
He also admitted possessing a blade in a public place, Teesside Live reports.
Mr Gray was taken to James Cook University Hospital and was said to be confused and shaken by the incident which left him badly bruised after the attack.
His daughter Chantelle said he was beaten with a hammer and slashed with a knife at his home.
“He’d been smashed to pieces”, Chantelle, 41, said in February.
“When we got him to the hospital he had three broken ribs after being beaten with a hammer.
“He had a bleed on the brain and someone had cut him with a knife on his arm.”
Chantelle added: “When you walked into the place you could see it was more than a burglary.
“A lot of money was stolen from him, about £300, along with jewellery and other things.
“In the hospital he didn’t know who any of us were. He was very scared.
“He’s still trying to recover. When we went to visit him he didn’t even know I was there.
“He kept saying ‘please don’t hurt me'”.
“He could have died. The nurses can’t understand how he’s still alive, they said a young person with those injuries would be lucky to survive.
“I’m pretending it’s not real. It’s destroyed us.”
Full details of the offences were not given at the brief hearing on Tuesday.
Judge Jonathan Carroll told Lloyd: “These are clearly extremely serious matters, a substantial period of imprisonment will follow.
“It seems to me that somewhere in that bracket between nine and 10 years is realistic.
“That is what you have got to get your head around, before credit for guilty pleas obviously.”
Judge Carroll told Lloyd, of Broadwell Road, Easterside, Middlesbrough that he will be sentenced at the court in Middlesbrough on Thursday, October 29.
He was remanded in custody.
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