A Frankley man who robbed an unconscious pensioner of just a torch after a violent attack in a West Heath street – which only ended when bin men on their round arrived to help the victim – has been jailed. 

Violent and unprovoked

31 year old Kenny Field, of Cranbourne Close, had already smashed the window of a resident’s home in Forrell Grove before setting upon the elderly man in Redhill Road at around 6am on 19th January this year.

Field punched the 72 year old in the head more than 20 times in the unprovoked early morning attack, fracturing his eye socket and rendering him unconscious.

Aided by refuse collectors

The attack only ended when three refuse collectors rushed to the pensioner’s aid – the attacker fled with just the man’s torch.

Field was identified as the prime suspect after investigating officers trawled local CCTV footage. Having moved out of the area to try and evade capture, he was tracked down to an address in Stourbridge and arrested.

Sentenced

Field was found guilty of robbery and criminal damage at Birmingham Crown Court. He was also found to be in breach of a restraining order. He was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison on Friday (24th November).

Detective Constable Paul Jauncey, from Force CID, said: “This was a needlessly violent attack which left the victim with sickening head injuries.

“It was a relentless and cowardly assault by Field who tried to avoid justice by fleeing the area. However, through diligent detective work we were able to track him down.

“Field refused to give a reason for the attack and only responded with no comment answers during his police interview.

“It is not just the physical but psychological damage such an assault can cause and Field will now have plenty of time to reflect on his cowardly actions now his freedom has been removed.”

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