Duo jailed after hammer attack on vulnerable man in Peterborough

Martin McLeod and Michelle Osborne

Martin McLeod and Michelle Osborne

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Two people have been jailed after being convicted of a violent attack on a vulnerable man in Peterborough.

Martin McLeod (38) and Michelle Osborne (32) both of Cromwell Road, Peterborough, were arrested in July last year after they robbed and beat a 51-year-old man in his own home.

McLeod and Osborne entered the victim’s home in Fletton on July 7 and hit him round the head a number of times with a claw hammer.

While he lay on the floor bleeding, Osborne rifled through his pockets and stole his mobile phone and a £10 note, as well as a digital camera.

After receiving the report, analysis of the stolen phone’s activity was carried out by officers which identified a call that had been made to Osborne’s mother after it had been stolen.

The pair were arrested on July 21 on suspicion of robbery. Both denied the offence but were later charged with robbing the victim and stealing his mobile phone, cash and a digital camera.

Detective Constable Neil Hawkridge said: “This was a horrific unprovoked attack on a vulnerable man who thankfully didn’t receive any lasting injuries.

“I hope these sentences bring some reassurance to the victim and his family that we will not tolerate violence of this nature in our county and will do all we can to protect the vulnerable and prevent such incidents from happening again.”

Both were found guilty after a trial in July this year and were sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on Thursday, September 17.

McLeod was sentenced to 11 years in prison while Osborne was jailed for nine years.