Homeless man who robbed elderly couple on Stalbridge Road given four-and-a-half year prison sentence

Jailed: homeless man who robbed elderly couple in quiet street

Jailed: homeless man who robbed elderly couple in quiet street

Jailed: homeless man who robbed elderly couple in quiet street

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A HOMELESS man who callously robbed an elderly couple in the street has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Marek Merrifield, 38, admitted the crime when he appeared before Bournemouth Crown Court.

The court heard the couple, a 79-year-old woman and an 84-year-old man in a mobility scooter, were targeted as they walked along Stalbridge Road in Poole on Wednesday November 27 last year.

The woman was walking alongside her husband’s scooter when Merrifield grabbed her handbag from around her neck, causing her to fall backwards. Her husband tried to intervene but Merrifield pushed him to the ground before fleeing into Hazelbury Road with her handbag.

Following an extensive police investigation inquiries led to Merrifield being arrested the following day. He was released on police bail and charged with an offence of robbery several weeks later.

Detective Constable Will Burnett, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said: “I welcome this sentence and hopefully it will bring some closure to the victims.

“It was fortunate that they were not seriously injured, however, they were very shaken up and are only just coming to terms with what happened to them.

“I praise the good work of all involved in bringing this offender to justice.”

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2:26pm Tue 22 Jul 14

_mooch_ says...

Let me be the first to type ' abosolute scum '
Let me be the first to type ' abosolute scum ' _mooch_
  • Score: 23

2:34pm Tue 22 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

Well, it puts a roof over his head... perhaps that was the plan?
Well, it puts a roof over his head... perhaps that was the plan? speedy231278
  • Score: 15

3:42pm Tue 22 Jul 14

adspacebroker says...

That reminds me, I must ditch those mouldy, pock marked potatoes!
That reminds me, I must ditch those mouldy, pock marked potatoes! adspacebroker
  • Score: 6

3:52pm Tue 22 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

Four and half years, that must have upset the scum bag.
Softy Wiggs must be on his holidays or it would have been a suspended sentence and a slap on the wrist.
Four and half years, that must have upset the scum bag. Softy Wiggs must be on his holidays or it would have been a suspended sentence and a slap on the wrist. burgerboy
  • Score: 12

4:29pm Tue 22 Jul 14

boyerboy says...

Can we be advised which judge did the sentencing ?

A lot of our local judges are soonretiring....be nice to think this was a " new boy" making good.
Can we be advised which judge did the sentencing ? A lot of our local judges are soonretiring....be nice to think this was a " new boy" making good. boyerboy
  • Score: 13

6:46pm Tue 22 Jul 14

kalebmoledirt says...

This reinforces my theory.Dorset as the ugliest thugs and scrum bags in the country .,why not tag anyone that as,big ears And bad teeth
This reinforces my theory.Dorset as the ugliest thugs and scrum bags in the country .,why not tag anyone that as,big ears And bad teeth kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 4

7:34pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Fee 1983 says...

_mooch_ wrote:
Let me be the first to type ' abosolute scum '
He should of got life for what he did to my grandparents they can't even go out alone as they are worried it could happen again
[quote][p][bold]_mooch_[/bold] wrote: Let me be the first to type ' abosolute scum '[/p][/quote]He should of got life for what he did to my grandparents they can't even go out alone as they are worried it could happen again Fee 1983
  • Score: 14

7:56pm Tue 22 Jul 14

we-shall-see says...

Fee 1983 wrote:
_mooch_ wrote:
Let me be the first to type ' abosolute scum '
He should of got life for what he did to my grandparents they can't even go out alone as they are worried it could happen again
Life for such a crime is a little OTT, although I feel for your grandparents and understand their worry about it happening again - and sadly mugging and street robbery are becoming all too common in this society in which we live, where morals are lacked, not to mention empathy for our fellow human beings - particularly the elderly.

Personally, I think he should be made to break rocks an do hard labour as they did in prisons in the past - not sentence him to 4 years of luxury - three hot meals a day, a roof over his previously homeless head, instant healthcare, tv in his room etc.

I hope someone batters him and only then will he realise how your grandparents felt while he was attacking them.
[quote][p][bold]Fee 1983[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]_mooch_[/bold] wrote: Let me be the first to type ' abosolute scum '[/p][/quote]He should of got life for what he did to my grandparents they can't even go out alone as they are worried it could happen again[/p][/quote]Life for such a crime is a little OTT, although I feel for your grandparents and understand their worry about it happening again - and sadly mugging and street robbery are becoming all too common in this society in which we live, where morals are lacked, not to mention empathy for our fellow human beings - particularly the elderly. Personally, I think he should be made to break rocks an do hard labour as they did in prisons in the past - not sentence him to 4 years of luxury - three hot meals a day, a roof over his previously homeless head, instant healthcare, tv in his room etc. I hope someone batters him and only then will he realise how your grandparents felt while he was attacking them. we-shall-see
  • Score: 5

8:48pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Bob49 says...

no you are just being silly and merely perpetuating silly daily mail myths

he would get 'instant' healthcare whether inside or outside of prison, he does not get a TV and the food is pretty scabby - likewise he could have simply got the benefit to pay for a room/flat

breaking rocks or any other sort of buffoonery will not deter desperate criminals, though it will help to mask the true cause as well as appealing to the not too bright

what we have not been told is if this was his first offence, if not then he may have a record a mile long so the sentence is not really harsh in that light - and it is clear that prison has not acted as any deterent, just as capital punishment does not either

this was a despicable crime and there can be NO justification for it whatsoever, but unless we start to grasp why then this sort of stuff will continue and those on the receiving end will continue to suffer the horrors of this .. at the time and for a long while afterwards
no you are just being silly and merely perpetuating silly daily mail myths he would get 'instant' healthcare whether inside or outside of prison, he does not get a TV and the food is pretty scabby - likewise he could have simply got the benefit to pay for a room/flat breaking rocks or any other sort of buffoonery will not deter desperate criminals, though it will help to mask the true cause as well as appealing to the not too bright what we have not been told is if this was his first offence, if not then he may have a record a mile long so the sentence is not really harsh in that light - and it is clear that prison has not acted as any deterent, just as capital punishment does not either this was a despicable crime and there can be NO justification for it whatsoever, but unless we start to grasp why then this sort of stuff will continue and those on the receiving end will continue to suffer the horrors of this .. at the time and for a long while afterwards Bob49
  • Score: -5

9:53pm Tue 22 Jul 14

midge1984 says...

Total scum bag !! Hope he gets battered everyday for the nxt 4 years + so he can feel the unnecessary fear he caused this old couple!!
Total scum bag !! Hope he gets battered everyday for the nxt 4 years + so he can feel the unnecessary fear he caused this old couple!! midge1984
  • Score: 5

7:55am Wed 23 Jul 14

Victor_Meldrew_Lives! says...

Bob49 wrote:
no you are just being silly and merely perpetuating silly daily mail myths

he would get 'instant' healthcare whether inside or outside of prison, he does not get a TV and the food is pretty scabby - likewise he could have simply got the benefit to pay for a room/flat

breaking rocks or any other sort of buffoonery will not deter desperate criminals, though it will help to mask the true cause as well as appealing to the not too bright

what we have not been told is if this was his first offence, if not then he may have a record a mile long so the sentence is not really harsh in that light - and it is clear that prison has not acted as any deterent, just as capital punishment does not either

this was a despicable crime and there can be NO justification for it whatsoever, but unless we start to grasp why then this sort of stuff will continue and those on the receiving end will continue to suffer the horrors of this .. at the time and for a long while afterwards
He has a record as long as your arm and is well known to Dorset Police over many years.
Prison may not have deterred him but if he is in prison he can't be on the street battering old ladies.
Typical bully because he couldn't punch his way out of a wet paper bag instead choosing to pick on old people.
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: no you are just being silly and merely perpetuating silly daily mail myths he would get 'instant' healthcare whether inside or outside of prison, he does not get a TV and the food is pretty scabby - likewise he could have simply got the benefit to pay for a room/flat breaking rocks or any other sort of buffoonery will not deter desperate criminals, though it will help to mask the true cause as well as appealing to the not too bright what we have not been told is if this was his first offence, if not then he may have a record a mile long so the sentence is not really harsh in that light - and it is clear that prison has not acted as any deterent, just as capital punishment does not either this was a despicable crime and there can be NO justification for it whatsoever, but unless we start to grasp why then this sort of stuff will continue and those on the receiving end will continue to suffer the horrors of this .. at the time and for a long while afterwards[/p][/quote]He has a record as long as your arm and is well known to Dorset Police over many years. Prison may not have deterred him but if he is in prison he can't be on the street battering old ladies. Typical bully because he couldn't punch his way out of a wet paper bag instead choosing to pick on old people. Victor_Meldrew_Lives!
  • Score: 6

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