A man was today convicted for the murder of Rubery pensioner Paul Cox during a burglary at his home.
83 year old Mr Cox was discovered dead in his home in Waseley Road, Rubery Rednal on 3rd June 2011. His car, a Ford Focus, was stolen from his driveway and police appealed for sightings of the car in a bid to find the murderer. It was eventually found in Erdington after being set alight two days later.
Although admitting burgling the house and stealing Mr Cox’s car, Cory Youlden, aged 23 & formerly of Hagley Road, Birmingham, had previously denied the murder. Today he appeared before Worcester Crown Court where he changed his plea to guilty, admitting to the murder of Mr Cox.
Judge Robert Juckes QC adjourned sentencing until 27 February at Worcester Crown Court for the preparation of reports.
Mr Cox, who lived alone, was attacked by Youlden during the burglary and died as a result. The grandfather-of-two was found dead by police who were called to the scene by a concerned neighbour.
After today’s court hearing Detective Chief Inspector Paul Williamson of West Mercia Police said: “Elderly people are among the most vulnerable members of society and Mr Cox was just days short of his 84th birthday (7 June) when he was killed in a burglary that went terribly wrong. He was targeted in his own home by Youlden who is an unscrupulous offender.
“When he was caught he initially denied having gone into Mr Cox’s house and tried to put the blame elsewhere. His lies and deceit led to other people being arrested.
“However as a result of the full and thorough investigation we carried out the weight of the evidence against him was overwhelming.
“We were preparing for this matter to go to a trial later in the month and Youlden’s decision to finally admit the full part he played in Mr Cox’s death at least spares the victim’s family from the extra anguish of that ordeal.
“They have already spent eight months waiting for justice to be served and while sentencing has yet to take place hopefully the outcome today will provide them with some solace and a degree of closure.”
Mr Cox’s family paid tribute to him shortly after his death. You can read their tribute here.