Man jailed for 12 years for ‘sickening attack’ on elderly care home resident


A man has been jailed for 12 years following a “sickening attack” on a 60-year-old care home resident.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how 24-year-old David Debney attacked Denise Crowton with a bedside lamp at around 3am on June 24, 2017 after forcing his way through a window at Ridings Nursing Home in Castle Vale, Birmingham Live reported.

Mr Debney also threatened and tried to attack three care workers who removed him from the home. He admitted three counts of assaulting care workers and was convicted of wounding.

Ms Crowton died six months following the attack.

After making his escape he was found injured in the grounds of the local football stadium after falling from a 16-foot high fence.

Insp Richard Marsh, from Force CID, said: “This was a truly sickening attack on a vulnerable woman who was unable to walk or communicate.

“Denise was truly a helpless woman who was of no threat to anyone and especially not to Debney, a stranger, who broke into her room and subjected her to such a frenzied attack.

“Denise sadly passed away of natural causes, but I am glad the man who made her last days even more intolerable is now behind bars.”

CHP has asked the home’s operator Dukeries Healthcare for comment.

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