Elderly couple beaten and tied up after family member arranged robbery
PUBLISHED: 10:11 20 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:21 20 July 2015
Trio have been jailed for "extremely vicious and violent" attack
Three men have been jailed for a vicious robbery in which two pensioners were beaten and tied up in their Petts Wood home.
Zahid Sait – who was related to the victims - and Kyio Scarlett-Hudson were found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery at Croydon Crown Court, while Junior Miller admitted the charge.
Two of the men forced their way into the couple’s home in Chislehurst Road at around 5am on June 9 last year, punching the 69-year-old man several times in the face.
They then tied up the man and his 67-year-old wife, gagged them and assaulted them further before ransacking the house.
They subjected the pair to an ordeal lasting nearly an hour before fleeing with cash, jewellery and watches worth around £300,000, none of which have ever been recovered.
The man was taken to hospital with facial injuries and a dislocated shoulder, which needed an operation to pin it back into place. His wife was also taken to hospital suffering from facial injuries and shock.
42-year-old Sait, also known as Zahid Nahid Yahyalar, of Michigan Close, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, was jailed for 15 years on Friday. Scarlett-Hudson, 20, of Pound Lane, Willesden, was jailed for eight years.
Miller, 37, of Pyrland Road, Highbury, who also admitted two counts of false imprisonment, possession of a firearm and possession of Class B drugs, was jailed for 16 years.
Reece Williams, 24, of Denham Road, Barnet, was found not guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery.
The court heard that Sait, a member of the victims’ extended family and a former employee of their company, had arranged the robbery after being dismissed.
Detective Sergeant Gary Head, from Bromley Police, said: “This was an extremely vicious and violent robbery.
“The victims were forced to relive this horrifying ordeal in the trial and I must commend them both for their bravery in doing so.
“I must also commend the small team of detectives from Bromley who left no stone unturned in what quickly became a complex and difficult investigation.”