Horror Injuries Of Widow, 88, Battered Unconscious By Coward Burglar Who Stole Engagement Ring And Jewellery From Dead Husband

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THESE are the horror injuries suffered by an 88-year-old widow after she was attacked in her home by a callous burglar.

Blanche Rowlands was battered by Jeffrey Earp, 50, then locked in her bedroom during the brutal raid in Powys, Wales.

Wales News Service Blanche Rowlands was left battered and bruised after being attacked by a burglar

She was beaten unconscious during the burglary in June last year and was found by a neighbour suffering life changing injuries including bruising and a broken arm.

Her engagement ring and other sentimental jewellery given to her by her late husband were stolen and have never been recovered.

Earp has now been caged for 14 years after admitting robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary at Caernarfon Crown Court.

Keith Grogan, 42, and Carl Barrett, 51, also admitted conspiracy to commit burglary and were each jailed for three years.

Wales News Service Jeffrey Earp has been caged for 14 years

Wales News Service Keith Grogan was jailed for three years for conspiracy to commit burglary

Wales News Service Carl Baratt was also caged for three years

Detective Constable Amy Davies, who led the investigation, said: “This horrific, planned attack on a vulnerable woman is the worst case I have dealt with.

“Blanche was subjected to a brutal, sustained attack, and left with life-changing injuries. This could easily have been a much worse outcome.

Wales News Service Blanche was left with life changing injuries

“After an intense year-long investigation I am satisfied we secured the best possible outcome for Blanche and her family.

“I would like to thank the Newtown community for their help and support, which helped us get this case to court and secure some sense of justice for everyone affected.”




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