Two men jailed for trying to rob vulnerable victim in St Leonards

Adam White and Liam Perry, image courtesy of Sussex Police
Adam White and Liam Perry, image courtesy of Sussex Police

Two men who forced their way into a vulnerable man’s home to try to steal from him and cut him with a knife have been jailed.

Adam White, 31, and Liam Perry, 22, pushed their way into their victim’s home in Willingdon Close, St Leonards, after arriving on his doorstep with masks covering their faces.

They threatened the 50-year-old with a knife and cut him across the cheek with it at about 10.20am on October 21 last year.

White then threatened to kill the victim unless he handed over his money before the attackers left empty handed after realising he did not have any cash for them to take.

Perry had previously befriended the victim, who has mental and physical health problems, and discovered the man lived alone and was paid disability allowance.

The victim was able to identify Perry (pictured, right).

When police searched homes linked to Perry and White (pictured, left) they were able to find the clothes the attackers had been wearing during the attempted robbery.

White, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on May 5.

He was jailed for three years and two months.

Perry, also of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, theft and breaching a suspended sentence.

He was jailed for four years and nine months.

Both men were also made the subject of a restraining order banning them from contacting the victim.

Detective Constable Dave Elcock said: “White and Perry identified the victim as vulnerable and decided they would take advantage of him to steal his benefit money.

“Thankfully the victim overcame the fear of what had happened to him to contact us and we were able to catch both men before they could hurt him further.

“White and Perry cruelly decided that the victim was easy pickings but I would urge anyone who knows someone is vulnerable and suspects they are being taken advantage of to contact us so that we can take action.”

Anyone with information about vulnerable people being targeted should call 101, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 999 if the incident is happening at that time.