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vicious Burglar convicted of murder of Dublin pensioner (88) who died after break-in

'He repeatedly threw her to the ground, he dragged her through her home and he threatened her with a screwdriver'

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Dublin pensioner Josephine Kaye (88)

Dublin pensioner Josephine Kaye (88)

Dublin pensioner Josephine Kaye (88)

A burglar has been convicted in the UK of the murder of Dublin pensioner Josephine Kaye (88) after he injured her during a break-in. 

Amos Wilsher (29) posed as a gas worker to remove a padlock from a gate at her home in Stoke-on-Trent before injuring Mrs Kaye and stealing her safe containing £20,000.

A four-week trial heard that she died in hospital in March 2020, three weeks after suffering a broken leg when Wilsher repeatedly threw her to the floor at her home on Harington Drive in Park Hall.

The trial at Coventry Crown Court was told that Wilsher, from Tibshelf, Derbyshire, was linked to Mrs Kaye's murder by DNA evidence found on a screwdriver, a hat, a security light, and soap tin, plus a fingerprint on the side of a car.

Wilsher was also found guilty of murdering another pensioner he and his brother attacked during a separate break-in.

Arthur Gumbley (87) later died in hospital after he was injured hurt by Wilsher and his younger brother Jason Wilsher.

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Amos Wilsher

Amos Wilsher

Amos Wilsher

Both brothers were additionally found guilty of wounding pensioner Dennis Taylor. They are to be sentenced at a later date.

Both Wilsher and his 22-year-old brother, also from Tibshelf, were found guilty of murdering Mr Gumbley who died three weeks after suffering broken ribs during an attack at his bungalow in Little Aston, Staffordshire, in November 2017.

Jason Wilsher, originally found guilty of Mr Gumbley's murder in 2019, had been granted a re-trial despite DNA evidence linking him to the scene.

Both brothers were also found guilty of conspiracy to rob and wounding with intent in relation to a third victim, Dennis Taylor, who was attacked in 2017 at his home in Creswell, near Bolsover, Derbyshire.

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Mr Taylor (82) suffered a broken nose and broken fingers when he was attacked, losing cash, watches and jewellery during the ordeal.

Det Ch Insp Dan Ison, from Staffordshire Police, said: "No sentence will bring back the lives of Arthur and Josephine but I hope the convictions will provide closure knowing that justice has now been served."

Jurors were told Mrs Kaye was born and raised in Dublin, where she married and had her first daughter, before moving to Stoke in 1955 when her husband was offered a job there.

The prosecutor said: “She was attacked in her home on that Thursday evening by one man, acting alone.

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Jason Wilsher

Jason Wilsher

Jason Wilsher

“He repeatedly threw her to the ground, he dragged her through her home and he threatened her with a screwdriver. He found her safe in a cupboard and demanded that she tell him the code, which she couldn’t do.”

Amos and Jason Wilsher, who gave the court home addresses in Tibshelf, near Alfreton, Derbyshire, were remanded in custody and will be sentenced on a later date.

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