Ter­ror of lot­tery win­ners at­tacked by armed raiders in their bed­room

Oldham Advertiser - - #OLDHAMLIVE - JOHN SCHEERHOUT john.scheerhout@men-news.co.uk @john­scheero­hout

TWO el­derly lot­tery win­ners who scooped a £4.2m jack­pot were left ter­ri­fied when masked gun­men burst into their home.

Tommy Cone, 75, and his wife Joan, 72, were wo­ken at 2.20am by a loud bang as bala­clava-clad raiders smashed into their Moor­side home and slammed open their bed­room door, send­ing it crash­ing into a dress­ing ta­ble.

The pet­ri­fied cou­ple saw two masked men, one aim­ing a sil­ver re­volver at them.

The gun­man walked over to re­tired se­cu­rity guard Mr Cone, who has breath­ing prob­lems and can­cer, and pointed the weapon at the OAP’s right tem­ple as his hench­man shouted ‘he will shoot you’ and de­manded keys to a safe.

The gun­man then aimed his weapon at the pen­sioner’s right knee as his wife screamed: “We’ve got noth­ing worth tak­ing.”

The two robbers, to­gether with a third ac­com­plice, es­caped by smash­ing through French doors after steal­ing only a £250 watch and a bunch of keys, a court heard.

After the trio of robbers were jailed, Mr Cone, who has twelve grand­chil­dren, told the Ad­ver­tiser they were tar­geted be­cause of their 2003 wind­fall.

Their lot­tery win prompted the cou­ple to move from their coun­cil house to a de­tached home a few miles away in Moor­side.

Mr Cone said: “I’m not too bad, but it’s my wife who’s been af­fected. She sleeps with the lights on now.”

When asked about how lit­tle the robbers took, he laughed: “You don’t keep that kind of money in the house.”

Manch­ester’s Min­shull Street Crown Court heard a po­lice snif­fer dog tracked down the trio.

They were ar­rested as they hid un­der the loft in­su­la­tion of the at­tic in a nearby un­oc­cu­pied house, wear­ing only their un­der­wear.

They also found an imi­ta­tion BB gun used in the raid.

The court heard that their vic­tims would never

‘You don’t keep that kind of money in the house. A gun was pointed at my head. I thought he was go­ing to shoot me’

re­cover from the or­deal last Septem­ber.

In a vic­tim state­ment read to the court, Mr Cone said: “A gun was pointed at my head. I thought he was go­ing to shoot me.”

Mrs Cone added: “It was a terrifying ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I thought we were go­ing to be killed. I don’t think our lives will ever be the same again.”

Jail­ing the trio, Judge An­gela Nield said: “This was an ut­terly appalling of­fence com­mit­ted against de­fence­less in­di­vid­u­als who were sleep­ing in the sanc­tity of their own home.

“It will live with them for the rest of their lives.”

After the hear­ing, Mr Cone said: “I thought they could have got more than that.”

●● Lot­tery win­ners Tommy and Joan Cone, pic­tures in 2003, were at­tacked by armed men as they slept in their home

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