Honeymoon couple jailed after robbing elderly woman in Torbay
A newlywed couple are starting their married lives in separate jails after going on a thieving honeymoon to the seaside.
Gary Young and Amy Marshall went on the short break to Torbay and tried to pay for it by breaking into a caravan and the home of a terrified 81-year-old widow.
They were arrested within hours after being caught on CCTV trying to use her stolen bank cards and the only times they have seen each other since has been in court.
They will now spend the first few anniversaries apart after Young was jailed for more than three years at Exeter Crown Court.
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Young, aged 41, of Sterling Street, Hartlepool, and his wife Amy Marshall, aged 29, of Oxford Road, Hartlepool, both admitted two burglaries.
Young was jailed for three years and two months and Marshall for one year and two months by Judge Phillip Wassall at Exeter Crown Court.
Miss Caroline Bolt, prosecuting, said the couple were staying yards from Paignton seafront at the Suncrest Hotel on the week after the August Bank Holiday when they raided the nearby house and the caravan at the Ashvale Caravan Park.
A family returning from a day out found Marshall climbing out of the bottom door panel of their caravan and escaping in Young’s VW Bora with £120 of their holiday money.
A few hours later the 81-year-old widow was disturbed at her home in Adelphi Road, just yards from the couple’s hotel, by Young, who claimed to be a carer sent to check on her.
He ransacked her home, opening drawers in front of her as she sat helpless in her chair, and the couple made off with all her bank and credit cards and her mobility scooter key.
They were arrested hiding in undergrowth after returning to the same address in the early hours to try to burgle it again and Marshall had the cards on her.
She told police she had come down from Hartlepool with here new husband, who had taken heroin after falling in with the wrong people. He has numerous previous convictions from burglary and had only been freed from a three year sentence months earlier.
Mr Paul Dentith, defending Young, said he had been doing well on a methadone script before going off the rails during his holiday in Devon.
Mr Martin Salloway, for Marshall, said she had only been married to Young for a few weeks. He said: ”She does not make any excuses although there were all sorts of reasons why this happened.
“They got married and she has two children from an earlier relationship who are being looked after by their father.”
Judge Wassall told them: ”You both have bad records and this offence is aggravated by the fact one victim is an elderly lady living alone who would have been very disturbed by intrusion, even though no direct threats were made.”