Man handed ten-year jail term for ‘extremely violent’ gang robbery

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A BICKER man who was part of a gang that robbed a couple in their home has been jailed for ten years.

Andrew Waite (39) (pictured right) pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob when he appeared at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday.

He, along with Lee Burton (37) from Hartshorn, Derbyshire, and Lee Watkins (38) from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, attacked David Elston (56) and his wife, Lorraine, at their home in Frithville, near Boston, on June 26, 2009.

Mr Elston was hit with a baseball bat, fracturing his skull and requiring life-saving surgery at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre. Mrs Elston was tied up and suffered head lacerations during the ordeal which ended in the offenders stealing a wallet containing just £200.

Passing sentence, His Honour Judge Morris described the men as professionally high grade criminality who displayed extreme violence.

He also commended seven Lincolnshire police officers for their efforts in bringing the offenders to justice.

Speaking after the sentencing, Det Insp Martin Holvey said: “This is an excellent result following an extremely complicated enquiry. It shows to the wider public in Lincolnshire our commitment to tackling serious and organised crime and sends out a clear message to those engaged in such activities that they will be arrested and put before the courts.

“I would like to thank all the prosecution team, especially the dedicated detectives who worked tirelessly on this case.

“Our thoughts are with the victims and we are saddened that Mrs Elston is not alive to see justice done today.”

Mr Elston said: “The day that this incident took place was the day I received a life sentence, for the events are constantly on my mind, from morning to night.

“The questions that go through my mind on a regular basis and which have never been answered by the persons responsible are why we were targeted in the first place and why we were assaulted.

“I would like to thank Lincolnshire Police for their help and efforts in this investigation and I am glad that some justice has been seen to be done. Sadly, Lorraine passed away before getting chance to see this.”