Robbery

A MAN has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of an elderly Woking woman who died days after he robbed her in her home.

The robbery was one of a spree of thefts, burglaries and robberies committed by Johnny Brazil at homes occupied mostly by lone elderly women in the Kingfield/Westfield area and also in Epsom over two weekends last summer.

Johnny Brazil has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 84 year old Joyce Burgess

The 26-year-old was caught by forensic evidence from a cigarette butt he threw away in the street, CCTV footage and witness testimony.

On 7 July last year, during the heatwave, Brazil knocked on the door of 84-year-old Joyce Burgess’s home in Loop Road, asking for a glass of water. As Mrs Burgess went to her kitchen, Brazil entered and picked up her handbag. Mrs Burgess struggled with Brazil and suffered significant arm injuries and bruises to her face. She died in hospital on July 10.

Brazil pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter, three of burglary, two of robbery and one of attempted burglary when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Friday, June 21.

Joyce Burgess died in hospital after struggling with Brazil

Investigating officer Detective Constable Alexis Batty said: “Johnny Brazil is now rightfully behind bars for what he did, having caused the death of Joyce Burgess following his callous robbery and attack on her in her home.

“Having been admitted to hospital following the attack, she showed positive signs of recovery before tragically suffering a heart attack two days later brought on by what had happened.

“Brazil is simply an opportunistic thief who showed no moral boundaries whatsoever in preying on clearly vulnerable victims and in Mrs Burgess’ case leaving her with significant injuries. It is heart-breaking that it was all for the sake of her handbag containing personal items and a small amount of cash.”

Brazil will be sentenced on August 9.

For the full story, get the 27 June edition of the News & Mail

A MAN and woman who forcefully grabbed a woman’s handbag stole her mobile phone from her coat pocket in Woking town centre have been sentenced.

Jamie Cook and Hayley Razzell accosted the woman and ran off. A passer-by chased after them, catching Razzell and grabbing Cook’s backpack.

Jamie Cook has been jailed for 17 months

Police said the victim was “left extremely shaken as a result of her ordeal.” Her coat pocket was ripped as the phone was stolen.

Cook, 20, of Woodham Lane, Addlestone, was jailed for 17 months and ordered to pay a £140 victim surcharge when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court last week.

Razzell, 27, of Eden Grove Road, West Byfleet, was sentenced to 10 months’ jail, suspended for 12 months. She was ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and to pay £350 compensation to the victim, £150 in costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

 The pair initially pleaded not guilty to the robbery in Victoria Way around 10.30pm on 2 November 2017 but changed their plea on the day the trial was due to start.

Woking Neighbourhood Officer PC Sarah Wentworth paid tribute to the passer-by who chased the robbers, saying the action ensured they were both swiftly arrested and ultimately brought to justice.

PC Wentworth said: “The victim was walking home after a night out when she was confronted by Razzell and Cook. I hope that the sentences given to Razzell and Cook will help her to put the experience behind her.”