Axe robber jailed for smashing into elderly couple's home

Jailed: Darren Edwards

Jailed: Darren Edwards

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AN axe wielding robber has been jailed for smashing his way into an elderly couple’s home while they were in bed.

Darren Edwards, aged 23, smashed his way through a front window of a Breightmet home at 8.15am on Saturday, January 25.

He confronted the 83-year-old man who was in bed while swinging an axe around his head. The man challenged Edwards by trying to disarm him and suffered several injuries to his hand. He needed the injuries to be dressed several times.

The man’s wife, aged 80, suffered a heart attack following the robbery — the victims believe it was triggered by the raid on the home they have lived in for more than 40 years.

Edwards, formerly of Newby Road, Breightmet, stole sentimental items including a ladies engagement ring with three large diamonds, a woman's 9 carat gold Omega watch with a flexible metal strap, a man's Zenyth watch with a brown leather strap, a man's Guess watch with a steel bangle, a gold chain and blood stained £20 notes which were stained with the victim's blood. The items were never recovered.

Edwards, admitted robbery, and was jailed for seven years at Bolton Crown Court. He will spend an additional three years on licence.

Det Cons Wendy Dawson, from Bolton division, said: "Edwards had absolutely no regard for the elderly couple inside the house.

"They were in bed when they were woken to find a stranger in their house holding an axe and demanding money.

"The elderly man tried to grab the axe off Edwards and when he did he was cut on the hands and Edwards pushed him violently to the floor.

"He stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery which held a great deal of sentimental value to the couple.

“I know this incident has caused a lot of distress to this couple and their local community.

"I hope today's sentence provides some comfort to this couple and their family that Edwards is where he belong behind bars and will have a long time to reflect on his actions that day."

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6:01pm Mon 12 May 14

allan111111 says...

Seven years just not long enough
Seven years just not long enough allan111111
  • Score: 41

6:18pm Mon 12 May 14

atlas123 says...

How many would ypu give?
I vote 10 but 10 means 10
How many would ypu give? I vote 10 but 10 means 10 atlas123
  • Score: 25

6:26pm Mon 12 May 14

allan111111 says...

atlas123 wrote:
How many would ypu give?
I vote 10 but 10 means 10
15 but if he recovers the property 14
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: How many would ypu give? I vote 10 but 10 means 10[/p][/quote]15 but if he recovers the property 14 allan111111
  • Score: 17

7:11pm Mon 12 May 14

JustBecause says...

If this was my family, prison is the safest place the scum bag could be, when released he would be looking over his shoulder every day.

It's what balaclavas were made for.
If this was my family, prison is the safest place the scum bag could be, when released he would be looking over his shoulder every day. It's what balaclavas were made for. JustBecause
  • Score: 23

7:34pm Mon 12 May 14

Best an says...

Should have been life He will never change he will come out and do exactly the same again. A bad one never changes.
Should have been life He will never change he will come out and do exactly the same again. A bad one never changes. Best an
  • Score: 21

9:01pm Mon 12 May 14

Andyroost says...

Just print this and pass it on to the other inmates, seven years of watchin his back door stretch will feel like ten. then he comes out a true bender hopefully having full blown. enjoy the holiday scumbag. His parents must be well proud.
Just print this and pass it on to the other inmates, seven years of watchin his back door stretch will feel like ten. then he comes out a true bender hopefully having full blown. enjoy the holiday scumbag. His parents must be well proud. Andyroost
  • Score: 20

10:13pm Mon 12 May 14

Bazinbolton71 says...

allan111111 wrote:
atlas123 wrote:
How many would ypu give?
I vote 10 but 10 means 10
15 but if he recovers the property 14
I'd give 12 yrs, serve 12yrs. +1 every year the goods are still missing.
[quote][p][bold]allan111111[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: How many would ypu give? I vote 10 but 10 means 10[/p][/quote]15 but if he recovers the property 14[/p][/quote]I'd give 12 yrs, serve 12yrs. +1 every year the goods are still missing. Bazinbolton71
  • Score: 9

10:14pm Mon 12 May 14

Wolfie190 says...

British justice strikes again like it does everyday in this free for all country we live in.
British justice strikes again like it does everyday in this free for all country we live in. Wolfie190
  • Score: 6

10:15pm Mon 12 May 14

allan111111 says...

Bazinbolton71 wrote:
allan111111 wrote:
atlas123 wrote:
How many would ypu give?
I vote 10 but 10 means 10
15 but if he recovers the property 14
I'd give 12 yrs, serve 12yrs. +1 every year the goods are still missing.
Yes true justice
[quote][p][bold]Bazinbolton71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allan111111[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: How many would ypu give? I vote 10 but 10 means 10[/p][/quote]15 but if he recovers the property 14[/p][/quote]I'd give 12 yrs, serve 12yrs. +1 every year the goods are still missing.[/p][/quote]Yes true justice allan111111
  • Score: 6

10:24pm Mon 12 May 14

atlas123 says...

Bazinbolton71 wrote:
allan111111 wrote:
atlas123 wrote:
How many would ypu give?
I vote 10 but 10 means 10
15 but if he recovers the property 14
I'd give 12 yrs, serve 12yrs. +1 every year the goods are still missing.
Problem is by the timethe police got hold of him the goods were probably in the tenth set of hands...
[quote][p][bold]Bazinbolton71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allan111111[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: How many would ypu give? I vote 10 but 10 means 10[/p][/quote]15 but if he recovers the property 14[/p][/quote]I'd give 12 yrs, serve 12yrs. +1 every year the goods are still missing.[/p][/quote]Problem is by the timethe police got hold of him the goods were probably in the tenth set of hands... atlas123
  • Score: 4

10:37pm Mon 12 May 14

Bond123 says...

That's not justice 7 years that's joke
That's not justice 7 years that's joke Bond123
  • Score: 8

11:24pm Mon 12 May 14

Randolf Litler !!! says...

What a disgrace three years on license, these judges need to step down or hand out real sentences to these cowards.
I do hope the other inmates find out what crime he committed, how often do we see pieces of S H I T like this released early only to cause more misery in this world.
A lethal injection wouldn't be going to far, and i would be only to happy to push the needle in him and others like him, i could be the modern day albert pierpoint only with a hyperdermic instead of pulling a lever to see them drop through the gallows.
What a disgrace three years on license, these judges need to step down or hand out real sentences to these cowards. I do hope the other inmates find out what crime he committed, how often do we see pieces of S H I T like this released early only to cause more misery in this world. A lethal injection wouldn't be going to far, and i would be only to happy to push the needle in him and others like him, i could be the modern day albert pierpoint only with a hyperdermic instead of pulling a lever to see them drop through the gallows. Randolf Litler !!!
  • Score: 2

11:38pm Mon 12 May 14

farnworth's mafia says...

death penalty Bolton don't need scum and uneducated pr1ks
death penalty Bolton don't need scum and uneducated pr1ks farnworth's mafia
  • Score: 5

11:52pm Mon 12 May 14

lv8151 says...

at last .... this proves that it's not always the baldies
at last .... this proves that it's not always the baldies lv8151
  • Score: 4

12:47am Tue 13 May 14

wsw69 says...

Chop both of the 8A5tard5 hands and one foot off. 15 years minimum in a cell 23 hours a day with the most demented, skew whiff nasty 8A5tard of an inmate one can possibly find. :-)
Chop both of the 8A5tard5 hands and one foot off. 15 years minimum in a cell 23 hours a day with the most demented, skew whiff nasty 8A5tard of an inmate one can possibly find. :-) wsw69
  • Score: 4

2:19pm Tue 13 May 14

Jim271 says...

Theres another story regarding an individual who was responsible for a spree of robberies in Deane,

This same individual was sentence 12 years ago to 15 years after he hit an old lady with a brick but there was not enough evidence to support a murder charge because she lasted a full month before she died.

He was released after 5 years and has been in and out of prison since.

They should build a camp on the Falkland islands for these people who don't want to live within society and leave them there rather than letting them live on benefits for life.
Theres another story regarding an individual who was responsible for a spree of robberies in Deane, This same individual was sentence 12 years ago to 15 years after he hit an old lady with a brick but there was not enough evidence to support a murder charge because she lasted a full month before she died. He was released after 5 years and has been in and out of prison since. They should build a camp on the Falkland islands for these people who don't want to live within society and leave them there rather than letting them live on benefits for life. Jim271
  • Score: 2

2:20pm Tue 13 May 14

Jim271 says...

Perhaps someone should visit his parents home????
Perhaps someone should visit his parents home???? Jim271
  • Score: 0

2:41pm Tue 13 May 14

Randolf Litler !!! says...

Jim271 wrote:
Perhaps someone should visit his parents home????
Yes jim lets go round and torture the coward :-)
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Perhaps someone should visit his parents home????[/p][/quote]Yes jim lets go round and torture the coward :-) Randolf Litler !!!
  • Score: 2

8:25pm Tue 13 May 14

mc1986 says...

Spineless shister!!
Spineless shister!! mc1986
  • Score: 1

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