Mum held son af­ter as­sault on vic­tim, 77

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ @oliv­er­clayRWWN

AHOODLUM was ap­pre­hended by his own mother af­ter he pushed an OAP over and stole his wal­let in Run­corn.

Cal­lum Quirk, 19, of HMP Hind­ley, shoved 77-year-old Ed­win Gib­son to the ground in woods near Charl­ton Close, Palace­fields, at around 5pm on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 30, last year.

Neil Bis­arya, prose­cut­ing, told War­ring­ton Crown Court on Tues­day that Mr Gib­son, who was head­ing home for din­ner af­ter drink­ing at The Tri­corn pub, stood up and chased Quirk to his girlfriend Kelly Ran­dles’s flat on The Knoll and banged on the door shout­ing ‘the b***ards robbed me’.

Cul­lum Quirk’s mother Nicola Quirk and his aunt Lisa Quirk ar­rived and of­fered Mr Gib­son a lift home but he de­clined.

The de­fen­dant vaulted into view over a fence only to be grabbed and re­strained by his mum un­til po­lice ar­rived.

His mother held him be­cause he was wanted over another mat­ter, the court heard, and she had no idea about the in­ci­dent with Mr Gib­son.

Po­lice ar­rived and the court heard they saw a third de­fen­dant Adam Wat­son run­ning away.

Of­fi­cers pur­sued and found Mr Gib­son’s bank card on the ground.

Foren­sic tests could nei­ther prove nor rule out that DNA on the card be­longed to Ran­dles.

Ran­dles gave ‘no com­ment’ in in­ter­view but later claimed she had tried to help Mr Gib­son.

The card was not used by any­one af­ter be­ing stolen.

Quirk, Ran­dles and Wat­son, 21, of Lap­wing Grove, were charged with rob­bery.

Al­though due to be tried on Tues­day, Wat­son was ab­sent and Recorder An­thony O’Dono­hoe queried the pros­e­cu­tion case, prompt­ing le­gal dis­cus­sions.

As al­ter­na­tive charges to rob­bery, Quirk ad­mit­ted as­sault and theft by find­ing on the ba­sis the wal­let fell from the vic­tim’s pocket when pushed.

Ran­dles pleaded guilty to han­dling stolen goods.

Wat­son was due to be tried yes­ter­day in his ab­sence if he did not at­tend. He de­nied rob­bery. Mr Bis­arya said Quirk had 24 con­vic­tions for 44 of­fences span­ning shoplift­ing, bat­tery, bur­glary, non-dwelling theft, dis­or­derly be­hav­iour, mo­tor­ing mat­ters, dis­hon­esty and blade pos­ses­sion.

Ran­dles had cau­tions but no con­vic­tions.

Jeremy Raw­son, de­fend­ing Quirk, ap­pealed for any sen­tence not to add to his ex­ist­ing in­car­cer­a­tion.

He said his client had spent time in care and had ex­pe­ri­enced drug is­sues.

Mark Shanks, de­fend­ing Ran­dles, said her han­dling of the card was ‘lim­ited to sim­ply pick­ing it up’

She had also moved to Cun­ning­ham House, We­ston Point, and was en­gag­ing with drug ser­vices and tak­ing ‘steps to turn her life around’.

The court heard that Quirk’s mother and aunt’s ac­tions showed he had fam­ily sup­port to help him to re­form.

Recorder An­thony O’Dono­hoe, pre­sid­ing, sen­tenced Quirk to four months in pri­son to run along­side his ex­ist­ing term for bur­glary and ve­hi­cle theft, mean­ing Quirk will be re­leased for all of­fences in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

The judge also im­posed re­strain­ing or­ders not to con­tact Mr Gib­son, who had been ‘pestered’.

Ran­dles re­ceived a sixweek com­mu­nity or­der with a 7pm-7am cur­few.

Sen­tenc­ing Quirk, he said: “The wit­ness in this case Mr Ed­win Gib­son was go­ing about his law­ful busi­ness.

“He had gone to his lo­cal pub for a drink in the af­ter­noon and was mak­ing his way home read­ing the pa­pers to his even­ing meal with his son.

“And that jour­ney took him to a wooded area not far from the ad­dress.

“He was set upon, a 77-year-old man was knocked to the ground, his wal­let fell out and was taken and was taken by you Quirk and the bank card was han­dled by you Kelly Ran­dles.”

He added: “Had you been dealt with for rob­bery the po­si­tion would be en­tirely dif­fer­ent.” ● Cal­lum Quirk, right, was chased by vic­tim Ed­win Gib­son af­ter he was pushed to the ground. Quirk was held by his mother un­til po­lice ar­rived .

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